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The right to food guidelines

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FAO [ 2006 ]
The latest major international development concerning the right to food took place in FAO in November 2004 when its Council unanimously adopted the Voluntary Guidelines on the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context [...]
   
The purpose of this paper is to describe the methodology developed in the first phase of the project, for an empirical study of the economic relationship between seed systems, access to crop genetic resources and farm level outcomes. The initial [...]
   
The past four decades have seen two waves of agricultural technology development and diffusion to developing countries. The first wave was initiated by the Green Revolution in which an explicit strategy for technology development and diffusion targeting poor farmers in poor countries [...]
   

Commercializing small farms: reducing transaction cost

Prabhu Pingali, Yasmeen Khwaja, Madelon Meijer [ 2005 ]
Broad changes are taking place in agrifood systems worldwide. These changes are driven by economic development, increase in per caput incomes, changing technology and urbanization. Consumers are changing their dietary preferences and shopping habits, resulting in substantial organizational and institutional [...]
   

Tomorrow's hunger: a framework for analysing vulnerability to food insecurity

Christian Romer Løvendal and Marco Knowles [ 2005 ]
While traditional food security analysis offers an ex post view on who the food insecure are and why they are so, looking at food insecurity from a vulnerability perspective provides a dynamic and forward-looking way of analysing causes and, more [...]
   

Measuring food security using respondents' perception of food consumption adequacy

Mauro Migotto, Benjamin Davis, Gero Carletto, Kathleen Beegle [ 2005 ]
Food security is a complex and multi-dimensional phenomenon. As such, its measurement may entail and benefit from the combination of both “qualitative-subjective” and “quantitative-objective” indicators. Yet, the evidence on the external validity of subjective-type information is scarce, especially using representative [...]
   
Liberalization of Egyptian agricultural policy and new wheat technology has led to significant increases in area allocated to wheat as well as wheat yields. The wheat self-sufficiency ratio increased from 21 percent in 1986 to about 59 percent over the [...]
   

Food aid: a primer

Sarah Lowder, Terri Raney [ 2005 ]
As an introduction to food aid this paper reviews various definitions of food aid and terminology used by practitioners and academics. It also briefly examines the size of food aid relative to Official Development Assistance, trade and food production in [...]
   
The paper analyses the impacts of transaction costs on the degree of household market integration using survey data collected from smallholder potato farmers located in the Peruvian Andes. The analysis focuses on the impacts of transaction costs differentiated as information, [...]
   

Agricultural biodiversity and biotechnology in economic development

Joseph Cooper, Leslie Marie Lipper, David Zilberman [ 2005 ]
The topics addressed in this book are of vital importance to the survival of humankind. Agricultural biodiversity, encompassing genetic diversity as well as human knowledge, is the base upon which agricultural production has been built,and protecting [...]