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The World Food Economy in the Twenty-first Century: Challenges for International Co-operation

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Fundamental changes in the world food economy pose new challenges for all participants in the food system, particularly in developing countries. This article focuses on the implications of these changes for international co-operation in food and agriculture. Concentrating especially on the FAO, it reviews the responses in monitoring, advocacy, resource mobilisation, regulation and technical and policy assistance activities. It is argued that the emerging food policy agenda, while addressing new challenges, must nevertheless keep at its centre the fight against hunger and malnutrition. However, shifts in the location and nature of hunger require that new approaches be developed to address this persistent and unacceptable global problem.

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: Economic and Social Department, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations

Publication date: December 1, 2003


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