Publication [ID: 127]

2017 Global Food Policy Report

One year after the agreement on the SDGs their implementation is well underway in many countries around the world. 2016 The world has seen the launch of many new food and nutrition policies and initiatives and is witnessing several processes that will continue to influence the food security around the world for years to come. Rapid urbanisation, demographic developments and migration will impact agricultural sector and the implementation of the SDGs.

 

 

Urbanisation and value chains

The report looks into the issue of value chain development. With the stronger focus on urban and peri-urban markets, the weight of the downstream part of the value chains is growing. This requires a set of reforms to the value chains in order to absorb the new demand and produce in ways that transport the benefits of stronger rural-urban linkages. The growing cities bring higher demand, but also stress the agricultural sector and the poor in the urban centers are often more prone to food insecurity.

The rapid process of urbanisation is causing a change of diets, positive and negative. IFPRI calls for policies/reforms that will target consumer behavior, food environments and food systems in rural as well as urban areas. In the last chapter, the authors conclude that linking urban planning policies to food security issues will create great opportunities to ensure nutritional stability in affected regions and contribute to the implementation of several SDGs.

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