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Towards Better Food Policies

OECD new brochure "Towards Better Food Policies" provides an executive overview of its work on agriculture and fisheries, and contains comprehensive lists of references to all evidence they have developed over the past five years.

Topics covered include trade and agriculture policy, food security, innovation and sustainability, risk management and more. The brochure is a handy reference guide for those wanting a full view of the breadth of our research and analysis. 

Food security is a complex, multidimensional problem related to food availability, access to affordable food, the effective use by people of the food that they consume, and the stability of these elements over time.

While much progress has been made in addressing food security across the globe – between 1992-94 and 2014-16, the prevalence of undernourishment fell significantly, from 23% to 13%, according to FAO statistics – around 793 million people still remain food insecure, the majority of whom are concentrated in South Asia and Africa.

Fundamentally, most food insecurity is a result of poverty, and requires measures that generate better incomes for the poor. To achieve this, infrastructure policies, rural development, agriculture and wider economic policy are all important.

To translate any improvement in incomes into improved nutrition, policies in health, education and social protection are also
needed.

Placing the issue of food security in the broader context of development and poverty reduction, the OECD’s work emphasises multi-faceted approaches that go beyond just food production.

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