2016 Global Food Policy Report

2017-05-09, by IFPRI, from International Food Policy Research Institute

The Global Food Policy Report is IFPRI’s flagship publication. This year’s annual report examines major food policy issues, global and regional developments, and commitments made in 2016, and presents data on key food policy indicators. The report also proposes key policy options for 2017 and beyond to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2016, the global community made major commitments on sustainable development and climate change. The global food system lies at the heart of these commitments—and we will only be able to meet the new goals if we work to transform our food system to be more inclusive, climate-smart, sustainable, efficient, nutrition- and health-driven, and business-friendly.

Executive Summary:

In Chapter one, the author argues on Reshaping the Global Food System for Sustainable Development. The year 2015 saw a new global commitment to sustainable development that will require a reshaping of the world’s food system. The well-being of people and the planet will depend on creation of a food system that is more efficient, inclusive, climate-smart, sustainable, nutrition- and health-driven, and business-friendly.

Chapter two discusses strengthening the role of smallholders. Smallholder farmers have a vital role to play in global food security and nutrition, and in supporting a range of development and climate change goals. Strengthening the resilience and commercial viability of these farmers, particularly women and youth, can increase their capacity to contribute to these global goals.

In Chapter three reducing food loss and waste are highly emphasized. Reducing food loss and waste can contribute to food security and sustainability. Measuring food loss and waste, identifying where in the food system it occurs, and developing effective policies along the value chain are essential first steps toward addressing the problem.

Chapter four introduces finding win-win strategies for water management. Sound development and management of freshwater resources can unlock potential to improve food security, nutrition, and health. Maximizing these benefits jointly, however, requires that water management be adapted to highly variable contexts, embedded in sound environmental policies, and cognizant of all economic costs and benefits.

Chapter five focuses on promoting healthy soils for healthier agricultural system, as Soil and land management are essential for a sustainable food supply and ecosystems. Healthy soils can support sustainable agricultural production, mitigation of the impacts of climate change, and other ecosystem services.

From Chapter six to Chapter nine, Harnessing Value Chains to improve food system, fueling the path to food security, a shift towards a sustainable food future, and regional food policy policies & developments are discussed.

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