Thumbnail Image

Seed Security for Food Security in the Light of Climate Change and Soaring Food Prices: Challenges and Opportunities








Also available in:
No results found.

Related items

Showing items related by metadata.

  • Thumbnail Image
    Document
    Challenges and Opportunities for African Agriculture and Food Security: high food prices, climate change, population growth, and hiv and aids
    Expert Meeting on How to feed the World in 2050
    2009
    Also available in:
    No results found.

    Over the past decade, economic and agricultural growth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has resumed. The secular downward trend in agricultural prices ended in the early 1990s; growing incomes in Asia and Africa, combined with continued rapid population growth, are fueling food demand, which is expected to lead to a gradual upward trend in international real agricultural prices. For Africa the major agricultural growth opportunities will be in regional and domestic markets for food staples. E conomic and agricultural growth have resumed despite continued high population, the AIDS crisis, and the onset of measurable climate change. Climate change will provide both challenges and opportunities, and countries need to strengthen their general capacities to deal with stresses and weather shocks in line with general agricultural development priorities. Population growth adds to the challenge of increasing per capita income and feeding Africa. It will also drive further agricultur al intensification and in many place has led to improvements, rather than deterioration in the natural resource base. The fight against HIV and AIDS in rural areas is lagging badly and will need to be intensified via participatory approaches to prevention, expansion of HIV and AIDS treatment to rural areas, and massive improvements in rural safety nets. To seize the agricultural growth opportunities that derive from recent policy and price trends, SSA will have to support economic grow th via continued sound macroeconomic policies, further improvements in the investment climate, and investments in infrastructure and institutions.
  • Thumbnail Image
    Book (stand-alone)
    Initiative on Soaring Food Prices. Country Responses to the Food Security Crisis: Nature and Preliminary Implications of the Policies Pursued 2009
    Also available in:
    No results found.

    The report intends to examine the short-term measures adopted by some 81 countries and is intended for policy makers and analysts. Prices of staple foods, such as rice and vegetable oil, have doubled between January and May 2008. High food prices together with record petroleum and fertilizer prices have spurred inflation. Poorer households with a larger share of food in their total expenditures are suffering the most from high food prices, due to the erosion of purchasing power, which has a negative impact on food security, nutrition and access to school and health services. Higher prices also result in pressure on public expenditures which undermines funding of programmes aiming at alleviating poverty or meeting MDG targets. A series of immediate short-term policy measures have been implemented by countries in response to respond to rising food prices. These responses can be categorized in three groups: - Trade-related measures; - Consumers-related measures; and, - Producers-related measures.
  • Thumbnail Image

Users also downloaded

Showing related downloaded files

No results found.