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Symposium 2010

Solution for 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 ...

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.

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.

There have been many commitments to improve food security in recent decades, but how many have actually been met is hard to establish because of lack of data, monitoring and transparency. An accountability system is needed to give national governments the incentives to work towards achieving food security for their citizens. Public availability of the data and the resulting public pressure for compliance could work as an instrument to force governments to achieve their commitments.

International organizations, such as the World Bank, the United Nations or the Food and Agriculture Organization should promote the collection and dissemination of information (via the media as well as the internet) on commitments and achievements on food security of national governments. This would also improve the identification and scaling up of successful targeted programs to improve food security.

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