A new vision for agriculture
momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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The state of food insecurity in the world:
795 million people are still suffering from hunger

June 1st, 2015


The 2015 report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on “The State of Food Insecurity in the World” (SOFI 2015) that was presented in Rome on May 27, indicates that the number of undernourished people is down 167 million over the last decade, and down 216 million since the 1990-1992 years. In addition, 72 out of 129 developing countries (LDCs) have reached the MDG1 objective of cutting by half the proportion of undernourished people.

While the global number of people suffering from hunger is declining, there are not only substantial regional disparities but also some parts of the populations that are more affected, and might act as impending powerful catalysts for a new world food crisis. In fact, out of the 795 million persons suffering from hunger worldwide, over 50 percent of them are farmers.

Another fact raised by the report is the potentially pernicious links that exist between trade liberalization and food security. Although the 2014 edition of the report was totally silent on the issue, the Organization allotted several pages of this year’s edition to the problem.

Finally, the FAO feels that the lack of a good governance system and rule of law, political instability, civil conflicts and turbulences, climate shocks or excessive volatility are all factors that hamper the fight against food insecurity.

In spite of real progresses, the “fight against hunger” mentioned in this new report is nevertheless far from won. Political stability and an effective governance system as well as long-term commitments toward food security through proactive public policies will be crucial to curb hunger and malnutrition.

Yet it remains especially encouraging and informative to see that the FAO considers trade liberalization and its potentially harmful consequences on food security, without the implementation of proactive public policies, and finally recognizes the limitations of the strategy of total liberalization of agricultural markets.

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