Message from the Director
Ensuring food security is a major challenge for achieving inclusive growth. According to FAO, there are 925 million hungry people in the world and this astonishing figure cries for urgent policy attention. In the Asia-Pacific region, this can lead 42 million people to slip into poverty this year, according to the annual report of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific, which was launched in Brazil a few weeks ago by IPC-IG. Tackling the causes of food insecurity has been on the top of the policy agenda of leading emerging and developing economies. As a contribution to this policy debate, the present Inclusive Bulletin launches a comprehensive study on the innovative approaches of the IBSA countries to increasing food production while guaranteeing inclusive opportunities for smallholder farmers. More...
1) Public Support to Food Security in India, Brazil and South Africa: Elements for a Policy Dialogue
By Darana Souza and Danuta Chmielewska
The authors present a comparative study of the food-security policy agendas in the IBSA countries. The aim of this paper is to identify and examine critical issues and good practices in order to reveal relevant points for knowledge sharing around such a pressing development issue. The recent experience of the IBSA countries underpin the implementation of a diverse range of permanent initiatives to tackle food insecurity that can contribute to the implementation of similar initiatives around the Global South.
Working Paper # 80
Summary version: One Pager # 127
2) Where Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge, Health and Livelihoods Meet: Institutional Pillars for The Productive Inclusion of Local Communities (Brazil Case Study)
By Radhika Lal and Waldemiro Francisco Sorte Junior
The paper explores opportunities for productive inclusion of traditional communities, particularly with regard to medicinal plants. It highlights the importance of bottom-up approaches to policy development in this area. It also explores whether the ‘proof of concept’ for the productive role of traditional practitioners can be used to help such local communities/farmers move up the production and service value chain by enhancing public awareness about the range of potential activities that local communities can be involved in.
Working Paper # 81
Summary version: One Pager # 128
3) The Food Security Policy Context in South Africa
By Josee Koch
The analysis in this report leads to an overall conclusion that the Integrated Food Security Strategy for South Africa (IFSS) is an excellent strategy on paper and a relevant framework for different stakeholders, but in reality it lacks implementing power and is therefore not used to its full potential.
Country Study No. 21
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Asia-Pacific economy to grow 7.3% in 2011, but 42 million people may fall into poverty, UN report.
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