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Symposium 2010

Meeting the Rising Global Demand for Food

The Challenge

It is becoming increasingly difficult to satisfy the rising global demand for food in a sustainable manner. A number of factors contribute to uncertainty about the world’s ability to meet the food demand of an increasing population: average living standards are rising; land use is shifting from agriculture to urban and industrial uses; the production of nonfood crops for biofuels is on the rise; investments in increasing agricultural productivity are growing slowly; water and arable land are increasingly becoming scarce; and global warming is making it more difficult to produce food in some poor countries. Moreover, the food price crisis of 2008 added fuel to the fire and put food security on top of the policy agenda.

How can international organizations work with local farmers and local governments to increase agricultural productivity and manage the uncertainties around harvests? How can the global trading system be made more reliable for providing a dependable market for food? Is there a positive role for “international land deals?” And how can food security be put at the heart of government policy in all countries?

    Solutions

    Solution
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    Collect data on commitments and achievements on food security for every country from national governments and make it publicly available to create public pressure for compliance.

    Collect data on commitments and achievements on food security for every country from national governments and make it publicly available to create public pressure for compliance.

    Collect data on commitments and achievements on food security for every country from national governments and make it publicly available to create public pressure for compliance.

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    Solution
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    Create international grain reserves and manage them effectively, for example, by issuing food vouchers to people who are affected by high food price volatility.

    Create international grain reserves and manage them effectively, for example, by issuing food vouchers to people who are affected by high food price volatility.

    Create international grain reserves and manage them effectively, for example, by issuing food vouchers to people who are affected by high food price volatility.

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    Solution
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    Concentrate on productivity increases and improved market access for small-scale farmers using public-private partnerships and modern communication technologies to disseminate technical assistance.

    Concentrate on productivity increases and improved market access for small-scale farmers using public-private partnerships and modern communication technologies to disseminate technical assistance.

    Concentrate on productivity increases and improved market access for small-scale farmers using public-private partnerships and modern communication technologies to disseminate technical assistance.

    Polity, Business
    Solution
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    Increase access to index-based insurance systems to enable farmers to manage harvest risks, which are likely to increase as a result of climate change.

    Increase access to index-based insurance systems to enable farmers to manage harvest risks, which are likely to increase as a result of climate change.

    Increase access to index-based insurance systems to enable farmers to manage harvest risks, which are likely to increase as a result of climate change.

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    Solution
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    “International land deals” may help to alleviate the lack of investment in agriculture in developing countries, but they must be based on a transparent code of conduct to ensure that ...

    “International land deals” may help to alleviate the lack of investment in agriculture in developing countries, but they must be based on a transparent code of conduct to ensure that they benefit ...

    “International land deals” may help to alleviate the lack of investment in agriculture in developing countries, but they must be based on a transparent code of conduct to ensure that they benefit local economies.

    Polity, Business
    Solution
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    Improve infrastructure for postharvest technologies and market access to decrease waste in the food chain.

    Improve infrastructure for postharvest technologies and market access to decrease waste in the food chain.

    Improve infrastructure for postharvest technologies and market access to decrease waste in the food chain.

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    Proposals

    Proposal
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    Meeting the Rising Global Demand for Food

    According to the World Food Programme, by 2009 Africa had about 212 million undernourished people (an increase of about 44 million from 1990) while some 388 million lived on less that US$1.25 a day in ...

    According to the World Food Programme, by 2009 Africa had about 212 million undernourished people (an increase of about 44 million from 1990) while some 388 million lived on less that US$1.25 a day in 2005 as compared to 295 million in 1990. Reports also indicate that everyday, more than 600 people go to sleep without food. This state of affairs calls for doubling of efforts at global level to meet the rising demand for food. Following are some of the proposals in this regard: Increasing agricultural production and productivity including through technology generation and dissemination, disease and pest control

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    Proposal
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    Meeting the Rising Global Demand for Food

    International land deals have the potential to contribute to agricultural productivity by providing the investment urgently needed in the agricultural sector in developing countries. They can also fac ...

    International land deals have the potential to contribute to agricultural productivity by providing the investment urgently needed in the agricultural sector in developing countries. They can also facilitate knowledge and technology transfer to local people if implemented carefully. Nevertheless, there is a need for increased transparency to ensure that local communities benefit from such investments and that not all gains are transferred to the investing country or company. An international body may be needed to define the economic, social and environmental conditions that need to be satisfied to make sure that such investments are beneficial to all and sustainable. Businesses

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    Proposal
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    Meeting the Rising Global Demand for Food

    There are four aspects of the global food problem: Supply side: How to increase the food production to meet increasing demand? Price regulation: How to avoid price shocks like in 2008? Social protecti ...

    There are four aspects of the global food problem: Supply side: How to increase the food production to meet increasing demand? Price regulation: How to avoid price shocks like in 2008? Social protection: How to prevent the proliferation and the deepening of poverty? International governance: How to design new international institutions and define rules aiming to cope with the food security threat? I would like to focus particularly on the price regulation and the social protection aspects. Price Regulation Food price shocks have several adverse effects: Increasing inflation has caused tight monetary policy which hinders growth and increases unemployment as

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    Proposal
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    Idea: Creation of global fund for food security

    Background: Malthus's grim predition that the world will run out of food has long been delayed by yield improvements and productivity gains. However, the marginal increase in food productivity from th ...

    Background: Malthus's grim predition that the world will run out of food has long been delayed by yield improvements and productivity gains. However, the marginal increase in food productivity from the application of technology is now in the decline. Along with this declining marginal increase in supply, there are considerable demand pressures, as the population in emerging markets change their dietary requirements due to moving up the nutritional chain. These two factors, pose a real and significant threat to food security, especially for the more marginalized sections of the population. Food inflation is further being exacerbated by the investments

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    Proposal
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    Halving Hunger and Ensuring Food for All through “Business as Unusual”

    Business as usual will not be enough to halve hunger by 2015 and ensure food for all in the long run. What is needed is “business as unusual”—a smarter, more innovative, better focused, and cost ...

    Business as usual will not be enough to halve hunger by 2015 and ensure food for all in the long run. What is needed is “business as unusual”—a smarter, more innovative, better focused, and cost-effective approach to reducing hunger. The elements of this new approach are as follows: Invest in Two Core Pillars: Agriculture and Social Protection. The first step in reducing poverty and hunger in developing countries is to invest in agriculture and rural development. Policymakers should also scale up investments in well-targeted safety net programs that focus on nutrition and health and increase production capacity. Bring in New

    Polity, Business
    Proposal
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    Meeting the Rising Global Demand for Food

    There is a lot of pessimism nowadays about the world’s future ability to feed itself. But if science and sensible policies prevail, strategic investments are made, and markets function properly, the ...

    There is a lot of pessimism nowadays about the world’s future ability to feed itself. But if science and sensible policies prevail, strategic investments are made, and markets function properly, the rising global demand for food can be sustainably met. The world has successfully risen to the challenge of meeting increasing food demands in the past. We can accomplish the feat again, even though the task is now complicated by the need to conserve natural resources and address climate change. There is vast potential to cut inefficiencies and waste in agriculture and to raise yields sustainably by growing more

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    Implemen- tations

    Implementation
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    Kilimo Salama

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