Silvia Koch


The distribution of poverty in the world is the theme of the third annual report of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), reviewed here.  The economic and financial crisis has put development policies to the test and it is not difficult to imagine the consequences for the most vulnerable populations in poor countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. Years of poverty are expected and the economic resources devolved from international cooperation will not be enough or an adequate response. The strategies proposed by the IFPRI range from short-term measures to support small farmers to promoting fuel technologies that do not compete with food production and trade regulation, but also increased investments in social protection, rural infrastructure, scientific research and technological innovation. The report calls for a stronger commitment on the part of northern institutions that cannot be substituted by that of private actors and civil society.


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Global hunger index; Hunger; Poverty; Economic crisis

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