Governing Food Security globally:Stakeholders` opinionsDone by Codrin PAVELIUC-OLARIU
BackgroundBackground850 million people are starving (FAO, 2012) around the world;Agricultural production grew at about 2.3% per year in the past 50years and access to food increased with an even higher rate;By 2012, almost 65% of all implemented agricultural policies(focused at national, regional and global level) that have a referenceon food security only aimed on solving present day crisis, withoutintegrating policies for preventing future ones.
Introduction to researchIntroduction to researchType of respondent Requests sent Answers receivedMinistry of Agriculture 189 12Intl Agribusiness Co. 12 7Smallholder farmers 2250 1721Intl. organizations 12 8Development agencies 12 0AR4D networks 4 0Farmers` unions/associations 13 6Food security experts 10 4
Leveraging current resources for future needsLeveraging current resources for future needsEstimates and projections of undernourished people worldwide, 1990-2015Source: Global Food Policy Report, FAO (Rome, 2012)
Trends of current resourcesTrends of current resourcesAgricultural price index and population trend, 1900–2010Source: K. O. Fuglie and S. L. Wang, “New Evidence Points to Robust butUneven Productivity Growth in Global Agriculture” (2013)
A Food Security Policy for AllA Food Security Policy for All"International standards are not a central concern for poor, hungrysmallholder farmers in Africa. Almost none of their production entersinternational trade.In addition, I would not want to force poor farmers in Africa to meetrich country`s standards for things like packaging, labeling, cosmeticstandards, chemical residues etc.". - Robert Paarlberg, HarvardUniversity
From the status quo to a globalFrom the status quo to a globalapproachapproachJim Harkness, President of IATP, speaking on global agricultural trade:"The poor would engage into a bidding war with the wealthy".Victor Villalobos, Director General of IICA: "I think all countries ideallywould support such a policy, but the conditions are the sticking point.We all know that the work of global organizations in this area iscomplicated and achieving agreement on standards, trade, supports,levels of aid, etc. are always going to be a challenge".
ConformityConformityStakeholders` opinions(%) on the necessity of an integrated approach for global agricultureSource: Elaborated by author using data from own research (2013)
Management optionsManagement optionsPossible management systems for a Global Agricultural PolicySource: Elaborated by author using data from own research (2013)
ConcernsConcerns"There are national policies, but very few "world" policies, unless youcount things like development assistance and food aid - that are stillfinanced by national governments. Regions that are facing seriousundernourishment such as Africa will need more developmentassistance in order to be well fed by the year 2050". - R. PaarlbergStakeholders:-Ministry of agriculture: a global agricultural policy will lead to a loss ofnational regulatory capability and of control of the sector;-Corporate sector: if not done properly from the beginning, it will lead tothe over regulation of agriculture;- Smallholder farmers: small exploitations will be ignored due to the lackof commercial importance.
The UrgencyThe Urgency"We are now in the era where the homeland security is foodsecurity" (Makthesim Agan respondent) where "many don`tactually see a food crisis coming" (Via Campesina respondent).
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