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27 March 2018

Global Food Policy Report 2018 from IFPRI

Global Food Policy Report 2018 Cover via Rural 21.

The 2018 edition of the annual Global Food Policy Report was published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in March 2018. The authors of the Global Food Policy Report warn against increasing isolationism and protectionism and advocate free trade, which they consider to be an instrument that improves livelihoods.

According to the report, the rise of isolationism and protectionism, visible in the US withdrawal from multilateral trade and climate agreements, the UK’s “Brexit” from the EU, and growing anti-immigration rhetoric in developed countries, threatens to slow progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals and improved food security and nutrition.

Although backlash against globalisation has been mostly portrayed as a phenomenon affecting the developed world, the report highlights how rolling back global integration could harm the livelihoods of millions of poor people in the developing world as well.

This year’s report also features chapters on how global private investments in agriculture can help the world meet the Zero Hunger goal; the role of open access data in improving livelihoods; as well as updated data sets on agricultural investment, public expenditures, and more.

Find more information about the report here.

Download the full report here.

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