2020 Global Food Policy Report

Inclusive food systems could help people to withstand shocks, providing opportunities to improve food and nutrition security, generate income, and drive inclusive economic growth, states this report.

This year’s edition of the Global Food Policy Report, entitled Inclusive Food Systems Needed to Boost Development, Resilience was published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on 7 April 2020.

To build more resilient, climate-smart and healthy food systems that help people withstand shocks like the rapid spread of COVID-19, policymakers must prioritise making these systems inclusive, according to the authors.

The report highlights the central role that inclusive food systems play in meeting global goals to end poverty, hunger and malnutrition, and offers recommendations for making food systems more inclusive for four marginalised groups – smallholders, women, youth and conflict-affected people. It also gives an analysis on transforming national food systems.

Across the developing world, national food systems are already transforming rapidly, creating challenges and opportunities to make them more inclusive to all four groups. Case studies of these transformations in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Viet Nam provide useful examples of the drivers and components of change, as well as the promising entry points for actions that can increase inclusion.

Governments can foster these inclusive food systems by enacting laws, policies and regulations that provide basic infrastructure, create the right market incentives, promote inclusive agribusiness models and leverage the potential of digital technology. Additionally, investments in human capital in areas such as secure land tenure rights, improved access to information, and stronger social protections can lower the barriers to participation that many marginalised groups face.

The report also features chapters analysing developments in agrifood systems in Africa south of the Sahara, the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

(IFPRI/ile)

Read more and download the 2020 Global Food Policy Report (GFPR): Inclusive Food Systems Needed to Boost Development, Resilience at IFPRI/GFPR website

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