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Food and Agricultural Policy Trends after the 2008 Food Security Crisis: Renewed Attention to Agricultural Development









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    Food and agricultural policy trends after the 2008 food security crisis : renewed attention to agricultural development 2011
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    The purpose of this paper is to examine whether the policy swings observed in 2008 were confirmed in the following years, by collecting and analysing information on decisions of both short and long-term food and agriculture policies. As in the 2008 paper, policy responses here are categorised into three groups: producer-oriented, consumer-oriented, and tradeoriented policy decisions. The classification of policies has been further elaborated in detail and broadened to accommodate long- term oriented decisions. Country responses to the food security crisis: nature and preliminary implications of the policies pursued, FAO, Rome, Italy
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    Food and agriculture policy decisions - Trends, emerging issues and policy alignments since the 2007/08 food security crisis 2013
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    The report reviews a broad range of food security and agricultural development policy decisions implemented over the period 2007 to 2012 in more than 70 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Selected policy decisions were analysed following FAPDA’s classification, dividing policy decisions into three main categories: producer-oriented policies, consumer-oriented policies, as well as trade-oriented and macroeconomic policies. Policy decisions reviewed included those most deb ated and most frequently implemented since the 2007/08 food price crisis. The report finds that the initial responses to the crisis tended to address immediate food security concerns with short-term, ad-hoc measures. Over the following years however, policy decisions reflected a more long-term and institutionalized approach. Governments are gradually moving from universal subsidies for food and fuel towards more targeted interventions to reach vulnerable and food insecure households. Moreo ver, a growing number of countries have shifted from short-term, ad-hoc cash or food-based interventions towards mainstreaming and institutionalizing social safety net programmes. The initial trade response was to ban or restrict exports and increase imports in efforts to achieve domestic food availability, measures which have since relaxed in support of producers. Also, Countries are increasingly establishing public food reserves to protect domestic supply in times of crisis. We also see a high degree of policy integration at the national level. However, protective trade policies at national levels have contradicted the efforts of regional food security and policy harmonization advocated by many regional economic communities.
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    Food and Agriculture Policy Decision Analysis (FAPDA)
    Agricultural Development Economics Thematic Brief
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    The Food and Agriculture Policy Decision Analysis (FAPDA) initiative promotes policy dialogue and evidence-based decision-making at national, regional and global levels by collecting and disseminating information on food and agriculture policy decisions from more than 70 countries in Africa, Asia and Pacic, Latin America and the Caribbean. FAPDA intends to strengthen national and regional capacity to collect, analyse and share policy information on food and agriculture. Launched in 2008 under th e Initiative on Soaring Food Prices (ISFP), FAPDA initially monitored country responses to the 2007-08 food security crisis and subsequently broadened its scope to include medium- and long-term food and agricultural policies and programmes.

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