Food systems must be reshaped for nutrition, health, inclusion, and environmental sustainability. This is one of the key recommendations of the Global Food Policy Report 2018, issued by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The authors review the most significant changes in the food policy and look back at the major relevant events of the past year.
The report comprises three sections. The first of them addresses eight thematic fields: from the food policy in the times of uncertainty and the role of international private investment in ensuring local food security to the power of knowledge and open access data in combating hunger. The next section provides an overview of the transformation at the regional and country level. The contributors to this section offer a variety of perspectives on food policy developments across the major regions: Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The third and final section includes updates on food policy indicators, generated by IFPRI research and illustrations of the key trends.
Topics covered in the 2018 Global Food Policy Report were the result of consultations with experts in the field. Leading researchers, policymakers, and practitioners examined and analysed trends in food policy in 2017, attempting to understand what lies ahead. The authors expect political and economic uncertainties and conflicts to persist in 2018, as well as the immediate and long-term threats posed by climate change. Against this background, IFPRI sees global cooperation to enact policies that leverage the benefits of globalisation while minimising its risks, as a key to achieving food security and nutrition sustainability.