The state of food insecurity in the world 2008

[High Food Prices and Food Security - Threats and Opportunities]

As commodity prices soared in 2007-08, fears of a world food crisis threatening the livelihoods of millions of people and causing widespread hunger and poverty triggered high-level meetings to decide on immediate measures to mitigate the impacts of high prices on the world's poorest and most vulnerable populations. The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2008 presents the latest statistics on global undernourishment. It reviews the impact of high food prices and concludes that chronic hunger in the world has increased rapidly, now affecting well over 900 million people. and placing tremendous pressure on achieving hunger reduction targets set for 2015 by the 1996 World Food Summit and as agreed under the first Millennium Development Goal. This report finds that high food prices hit the poorest. landless and female- headed households hardest. affecting real incomes and raising the prevalence of food insecurity and malnutrition among the poor by reducing the quantity and quality of food consumed. Governments worldwide have  adopted measures to contain the negative impacts of high food prices.  However. these have had limited effect. with some proving detrimental to world price levels and stability.  This report also examines how high food prices present an opportunity to relaunch smallholder agriculture in the developing world. With appropriate incentives. farming households could see immediate gains. while other  rural households could benefit in the longer run. The report advocates  FAO's comprehensive twin-track approach to address the adverse impacts  of high food prices on world hunger. The strategy should include measures to enable the agriculture sector, especially smallholders in developing countries. to respond to high food prices, while also implementing targeted safety nets and social protection programmes for the most food-insecure  and vulnerable.

Date and language
Jan 2008
Agris Subject Categories: 
Food distribution
Agris Subject Categories: 
Food policy
Agris Subject Categories: 
Food Security
Agrovoc terms: 
food insecurity
Physical Location: 
FPMU Documentation Center
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