Many people who escape from civil war in Syria settle in places near the border in Turkey.
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Talk about food security in global and regional bodies was abundant in 2012. But what has really been achieved? This issue is explored in the Global Food Policy Report 2012.

At the launch of the Global Food Policy Report 2012 in Washington D.C. in mid March 2013, Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), presented an overview of the food policy developments in 2012 and highlighted emerging developments in 2013.

On the plus side, it can be said that some African countries made noteworthy progress transforming agriculture into a more productive and sustainable sector (even though these positive developments are often built on the strong base established in recent years). In emerging economies such as Brazil, China, and India, agricultural spending, including investments in agricultural research, continued to increase. The private sector enhanced its commitments to global food security through active engagement in the Business 20 (B20) summit and with G8; and numerous development agencies in Europe and the USA scaled up their investments in agriculture, food security and nutrition.

On the minus side, numerous commitments were not fulfilled.

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