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Protección Social para la Seguridad Alimentaria: consulta del Grupo de Alto Nivel de Expertos en Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición (HLPE) sobre el borrador cero del informe

Protección Social para la Seguridad Alimentaria: consulta del Grupo de Alto Nivel de Expertos en Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición (HLPE) sobre el borrador cero del informe

La protección social ha ido adquiriendo rápidamente importancia en la agenda de las políticas de desarrollo en la última década. Aunque cada vez más dominada por los programas de transferencias condicionales e incondicionales de efectivo, la amplia gama de instrumentos que tienen como objetivo aliviar la pobreza y gestionar los riesgos de los medios de subsistencia tienen a menudo implicaciones directas e intencionadas en la seguridad alimentaria.

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Vincular agricultura, sistemas alimentarios y nutrición: ¿cuál es su punto de vista?

Vincular agricultura, sistemas alimentarios y nutrición: ¿cuál es su punto de vista?

Los sistemas agrícolas y alimentarios se enfrentan al reto de satisfacer la creciente demanda de más alimentos de mayor calidad, pero de una manera sostenible y equitativa que satisfaga las necesidades y preferencias nutricionales de los consumidores.  ¿Cómo podemos avanzar para asegurarnos que la agricultura y los sistemas alimentarios están a la altura de esta misión?

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Improving the nutritional impact of public food systems

por Salomeyesudas .

Dear Members,

My name is Salomeyesudas and I work as an independent consultant for several organizations in Tamil Nadu, India. Currently I am working on a research paper on public food systems for the Dhan Foundation.
In spite of the many public food distribution systems, India is facing nutritional emergencies and the prevalence of malnutrition remains very high.
One of the reasons is that food schemes are mainly based on the distribution of the energy-rich cereals wheat and rice but do not take the nutritional value of into account.
I would like to explore whether the introduction of different crops such as millets into the distribution system could yield improved nutritional outcomes.
In addition to case studies and example from India, I would be very grateful to receive information on other South Asian countries, such as Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Many thanks

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What do we really know about the number and distribution of farms and family farms in the world?

The agricultural economics literature provides various estimates of the number of farms and small  farms in the world. This paper is an effort to provide a more complete and up to date as well as  carefully documented estimate of the total number of farms in the world, as well as by region and  level of income.

It uses data from numerous rounds of the World Census of Agriculture, the only  dataset available which allows the user to gain a complete picture of the total number of farms  globally and at the country level. The paper provides estimates of the number of family farms, the  number of farms by size as well as the distribution of farmland by farm size.

These estimates find that:  there are at least 570 million farms worldwide, of which more than 500 million can be considered  family farms. Most of the world’s farms are very small, with more than 475 million farms being less  than 2 hectares in size. Although the vast majority of the world’s farms are smaller than 2 hectares,  they operate only a small share of the world’s farmland. Farmland distribution would seem quite  unequal at the global level, but it is less so in low- and lower-middle-income countries as well as in  some regional groups.

These estimates have serious limitations and the collection of more up-to-date  agricultural census data, including data on farmland distribution is essential to our having a more representative picture of the number of farms, the number of family farms and farm size as well as farmland distribution worldwide.