Getting the policy right is critical to the success of agricultural marketing reforms. Too often, the ability of the private sector to develop and to take over activities previously carried out by government bodies is constrained by poor and often conflicting policy, or by good policy which is ineffectively implemented.
FAO is concerned with the impact that urbanization and increasing poverty have on food security of low-income households, including those living in urban areas, in developing countries and countries in transitions (DCT). Low-income consumers need to have easy access to a wide variety of healthy food items. This means that they not only need the required financial resources but also that food is available within reasonable distances at acceptable prices and sanitary conditions.