Global monitoring report 2012: food prices, nutrition, and the Millennium Development Goals

Global monitoring report 2012: food prices, nutrition, and the Millennium Development Goals

This new report published by World Bank examines how rapid increases in food prices impact poverty, hunger, and general progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

What has been the impact of yet another food price spike on developing countries’ ability to make progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)? How many poor people have been prevented from lifting themselves out of poverty? How many people, and how many children, have seen their personal growth and development permanently harmed because their families could not afford to buy food? Finally, what can countries do to respond to higher and more volatile food prices? Global Monitoring Report 2012: Food Prices, Nutrition, and the Millennium Development Goals examines these questions. It summarizes the effects of food prices on several MDGs, stressing that recent food price spikes have prevented millions of households from escaping extreme poverty. The report advocates using agricultural policy to orchestrate a supply response; deploying social safety nets to improve resilience; strengthening nutritional policy to manage the implications of early childhood development; and implementing trade policy to improve access to food markets, reduce volatility, and induce productivity gains.

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Report: Food price escalation in South Asia - a serious and growing concern.

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