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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.

“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.

“International land deals” (also known as “land grabs”) have attracted increasing attention in the past couple of years. These deals usually entail an international investor (private or public) leasing large areas of land for long time periods in a developing country for agricultural production, which is then exported to the investor’s country. Examples of land deals in countries with weak governance have led to an international reaction against all such deals.

But while such deals can make the local food supply and rural poverty worse if managed badly, they also have the potential to improve the dismal lack of investment in agriculture in some developing countries if managed with great care about transparency and local conditions. An international code of conduct to govern land deals as promoted by the World Bank report, “Rising Global Interest in Farmland,” should be finalized and signed by all parties.

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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.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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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.

    Polity
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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
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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.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
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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.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society