Food Availability

Agricultural Production and Changing Prices: The Case of Teff

Smallholder farmers make up over 90 percent of Ethiopia’s agricultural output and thus play a pivotal role in the country’s food production and availability. However, little research has been done regarding how farmers’ production and supply decisions respond to changes in agricultural prices. These supply responses can have significant implications for overall food security.  

Does Government Intervention Help or Hinder Agricultural Markets? Evidence from Malawi's Maize Market

Like many developing country governments, the government of Malawi has intervened in the country’s agricultural markets in an effort to ensure adequate food supplies at reasonable prices. 

Enhancing Food Security in South Sudan: The Role of Public Food Stocks and Cereal Imports

With its history of political unrest and armed conflict combined with periodic droughts, widespread poverty, and low levels of food production per capita, South Sudan faces a particularly daunting food security situation. At present, Africa’s newest country relies on private sector cereal imports from Uganda for 30-50 percent of its total cereal supply.

Unpacking Post-Harvest Losses: A Meta-Analysis

This study (a joint undertaking by a number of researchers and published in World Development), conducts a meta-analysis which aims to expose the nature and magnitude of post-harvest losses in Sub-Saharan Africa, and to identify gaps in their assessment and mitigation. Post-harvest losses (PHL) are a crucial factor that affects food security and nutrition across the region.

Conflict, Low Rainfall Impacting Food Security: FEWS Outlook Reports

According to the latest Food Security Outlook Reports, West Africa could face sharp increases in food insecurity in the coming months, specifically in areas surrounding Lake Chad. Boko Haram-related conflicts continue to disrupt markets in the region, impacting many households’ income-generating potential.

New Atlas Puts Together Pieces of Africa's Agricultural Puzzle

An estimated 202 million hectares of land suitable for farming remain uncultivated in Africa, despite near-constant calls for the region to intensify its agricultural production to keep up with the food demands of a rapidly growing population. So why is so much potentially productive land not being used for agriculture? In many areas, unreliable rainfall and poor soil fertility make the land, while cultivable, difficult to farm.

DataM Provides Online Repository for Food, Nutrition Information

Data M web, created by the European Commission- Joint Research Centre, Institute of Perspective Technological Studies (Seville, Spain) thorough work with the PROGNOZ software company, provides an easy mechanism to visualize multiple datasets related to food security and nutrition.  Data M stands for Data on Agriculture, Trade, and Models, and the online data repository allows visualization in a number of ways, pulling data from a number of International Organizations (e, g., FAO and World Bank) and other

Do Higher Prices Mean Safer Food? Evidence from Kenyan Maize Markets

Aflatoxin, a toxin produced by the Aspergillus fungus, poses a serious health threat in developing countries. The toxin grows in a number of staple crops worldwide, such as maize, and chronic exposure can lead to liver disease, cancer, and even death. While proper testing and processing of crops can reduce aflatoxin levels in finished food products like maize flour, many developing countries lack the regulatory environment needed to enforce such testing and handling requirements. 

Panorama de la Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional en América Latina y el Caribe

El siguiente es un extracto de la publicacion "Panorama of Food and Nutritional Security un Latin America and the Caribbean"  , publicado por la FAO

La edición del panorama de la seguridad alimentaria y nutricional en América Latina y el Caribe del 2013, muestra que en los últimos años, la región mantiene una trayectoria favorable in términos de crecimiento económica y de protección social, en medio de un contexto general en el que las economías de los países industrializados están pasando por una crisis y por bajas tasas de crecimiento.


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