Seven key initiatives for preventing a recurring food crisis

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Taken from IFPRI Policy Brief 16 "Urgent Action Needed to Prevent Recurring Food Crises" by Shenggen Fan, Maximo Torero, and Derek Headey (March 2011)

Taken from IFPRI Policy Brief 16 "Urgent Action Needed to Prevent Recurring Food Crises" by Shenggen Fan, Maximo Torero, and Derek Headey (March 2011)

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  • 1. 7 STEPStoPrevent Recurring Food Crises
  • 2. 1
    Curtailing subsidies and reforming policies, particularly in the United States and Europe, to minimize biofuels’ contribution to volatility in food markets.
  • 3. 2
    Creating or strengthening social protection for women, young children, and other especially vulnerable groups—something few countries have done during or since the 2007-08 crisis.
  • 4. 3
    Improving the transparency, fairness, and openness of international trade to enhance the efficiency of global agricultural markets.
  • 5. 4
    Setting up a global emergency grain reserve to handle food price crises.
  • 6. 5
    Pursuing policies and investments to promote agricultural growth, in particular smallholder productivity, in the face of climate change.
  • 7. 6
    Investment by national governments in climate change adaptation and mitigation using the full potential that agriculture offers.
  • 8. 7
    Establishing an international working group to monitor the world food situation and trigger action to prevent excessive price volatility.