Economic and Social Development Department

policy briefs

September 2010

Global hunger declining, but still unacceptably high

International hunger targets difficult to achieve

At close to one billion, the number of undernourished people in the world remains unacceptably high in 2010 despite an expected decline – the first in 15 years. This decline is largely attributable to a more favourable economic environment in [...]

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August 2010

Fighting Poverty and Hunger

What role for urban agriculture?

Towns and cities are growing rapidly in developing countries. This process is often accompanied by high levels of poverty and hunger, leading many urban dwellers to engage in farming activities to help satisfy their food needs. Policy makers need to [...]

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June 2010

Price surges in food markets

How should organized futures markets be regulated?

The drastic increase of food prices in the period 2006-2008 spurred fears of global food insecurity. Apart from actual changes in supply and demand of some commodities, the upward swing might also have been amplified by speculation in organized futures [...]

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Economic and Social Development Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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00153 Rome, Italy

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