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The macro-economic context and its relationship to poverty and food security

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In order to reduce poverty and achieve food security objectives, it is crucial to understand how the socio-economic dimensions (eg. poverty, inequality, income distribution, food security) can be influenced by current and future macro-economic policies, as well as external shocks like changes in international prices, regional and global institutional structures, climate and other environmental factors.

Likewise, when judging the desirability and feasibility of food, rural and agricultural policies, it is important to assess their macro-economic and cross-sectoral implications, taking into account relationships between different sectors through input requirements and factor markets, export and import flows influencing the balance of trade, pressure on natural resources.

With consolidated experience and using appropriate analytical tools we provide advice and technical support as well as capacity development, identifying consistent macro-sector and factor policy options in order to tackle poverty, food security, inequality and environmental sustainability issues.