The US Congress is currently debating the 2018 farm bill—legislation that will guide farm program spending from 2019 to 2023. Most US farm policies have their roots in the New Deal legislation of the 1930s and began as temporary measures to improve farm incomes. US policy has moved away from direct market interventions toward measures less directly tied to production and insurance programs supported by producers’ premium payments, but many of the measures established in the 1930s persist in 2017.
This joint IFPRI-AEI seminar will focus on the impact of the farm bill on international and developing country markets. US farm programs have been scrutinized within the context of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and domestic support obligations will likely feature in the upcoming WTO ministerial in Buenos Aires.
In A Bucket of Water, Dr. Nwanze reflects on the work of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in tackling challenging issues in rural development and provides an accessible discussion of themes such as peace and development, engaging young people in farming, women’s contribution to agricultural development, farming as a business, and technology and research.
The 2017 edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World gives updated estimates of the number and proportion of hungry people on the planet and includes data for the global, regional, and national levels. It offers a significant update on the shifting global milieu that is today affecting people's food security and nutrition, in all corners of the globe.
The figures and trends highlighted in the report indicate that global hunger and food insecurity are on the rise. It states that 815 million people in the world suffered hunger in 2016, marking the first increase in hunger rates since the food price crisis of 2007-2008, and is a significant increase from the 777 million who suffered from hunger in 2015. According to the report, this reversal is due to conflict and the effects of climate change in parts of Southeast and West Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
At a moment when protracted conflicts and fears of famine threaten the lives and food security of millions, WFP has released World Food Assistance 2017, a new global report that details recent trends and patterns in food assistance and demonstrates how food assistance can save lives in humanitarian crises while addressing the root causes of hunger.
Join speakers from WFP, USAID/Food for Peace, CARE International and IFPRI for a rich discussion on the trends, challenges and innovative solutions in food assistance at a time of complex emergencies and soaring needs.
Tuesday September 19th, 2017 in Washington DC, IFPRI HQ
The last two decades have seen the deepening of the globalization process while worldwide poverty and hunger have been strongly reduced. Still, the international trade policy’s role in improving food and nutrition security for the world’s remaining 795 million undernourished people remains the subject of a long-standing and intense debate.
This book launch will discuss the relationship between the global trading system and food security, with a focus on the WTO’s Doha Development Agenda and whether trade instruments can manage food price volatility.