Understanding food security: Video interview presents key issues for South-South dialogue
There are 925 million undernourished people in the world today, which means that one in seven people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life (FAO, 2011). The current famine in East Africa has brought the food security issue back to the core of the international development agenda. Ensuring access to food and tackling the root causes of hunger and undernourishment is a growing challenge for most of the developing world. What are the issues behind food security? Which countries are showing progress in providing their peoples with adequate access to alimentation? How did those nations achieve such successes? These and other questions are addressed by IPC-IG senior researcher Darana Souza, who is dedicated to analysing and identifying innovations in food security and social policy in developing and emerging countries, such as Brazil, India and South Africa. In the following video interview, Ms. Souza explains that smallholder farmers - a category that ensembles over 500 million farmers in the world, which are responsible for feeding more than 2 billion people – are key to achieving food security. IPC-IG researcher also advocates for long-term policy interventions to address the root causes of hunger and malnourishment and show us that there are great innovations in the Global South that can inspire and help other countries achieve their national development goals.
Are you interested in this subject? Would you like to learn more about the current crisis in the Horn of Africa and how developing countries are tackling hunger around the world? Refer to the following resources by the UNDP International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) in Brasilia:
Comparative study analyzes food security situation in Brazil, India and South Africa – IPC-IG publications and evaluations
The future of food security lies in the hands of women farmers – IPC-IG article
The implementation of Brazil’s food security policies – IPC-IG publications and evaluations
Can food security and food procurement initiatives facilitate enhanced production capabilities and market access for smallholder farmers? Lessons from Brazil’s food Acquisition Programme (PAA) - IPC-IG events
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