Food aid for food security?
The State of Food and Agriculture 2006 examines the issues and controversies surrounding international food aid and seeks to find ways to preserve its essential humanitarian role while minimizing the possibility of harmful secondary impacts. Food aid has rightly been credited with saving millions of lives; indeed, it is often the only thing standing between vulnerable people and death. Yet food aid is sharply criticized as a donor-driven response that creates dependency on the part of recipients and undermines local agricultural producers and traders upon whom sustainable food security depends.
The economic evidence regarding these issues is surprisingly thin, but it confirms that the timing and targeting of food aid are central to achieving immediate food security objectives while minimizing the potential for harm. Reforms to the international food aid system are necessary but they should be undertaken carefully because lives are at risk.
- The State of Food and Agriculture 2006
Presentation to the FAO Council by Prabhu Pingali, Director, Agricultural and Development Economics Division, November 2006
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- New FAO report on agricultural trade and poverty
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- Review of the State of Food and Agriculture
Presentation to the FAO Conference by Hartwig de Haen, Assistant Director-General, Economic and Social Department, November 2005
- The State of Food and Agriculture in Asia and the Pacific 2006
This is the first issue of The State of Food and Agriculture in Asia and the Pacific. Its focus on regional dimensions of food and agriculture makes it a complement to The State of Food and Agriculture published at FAO headquarters in Rome, which focuses on specific issues at a more global level.
- Latin America and the Caribbean
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