29 April, Thimphu: The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo, Yeshey Penjor and the Director General for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Dr. Sheggen Fan launched the Global Food Policy Report 2019 at Hotel Migmar.
The eighth edition of the report reviews the major food policy issues, developments and decisions of 2018, and considers challenges and opportunities ahead. In 2018, many regions of the world faced increasing rates of hunger with global undernourishment continuing to rise for the third year in a row and stagnation in tackling malnutrition.
The report highlights the urgent need for rural revitalisation to address persistent crises in the world’s rural areas. Rural people around the world continue to struggle with food-insecurity, poverty, inequality and environmental degradation. It states that a systemwide transformation is needed to revitalise rural areas, not only to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but more broadly, to make rural areas vibrant and healthy places to live and work. One of the most practical ways to achieve the SDGs is focusing on the needs of rural areas and address growing challenges, the report suggests.
The report further present data tables for several key food policy indicators including country-level data on agricultural spending and research investment, productivity in agriculture and projections for future agricultural production and consumption. In addition, it includes illustrative figures, tables and a timeline of events affecting food security and nutrition in 2018.
IFPRI’s work in Bhutan aims to reduce poverty, ensure food security and improve the living standards of Bhutanese people. IFPRI and Bhutan have collaborated to come up with the Agriculture Vision 2045 in addition to collaboration in terms of food policy, agricultural diversification, markets, food safety and capacity development among others. IFPRI further see potential areas of collaboration in Bhutan in terms of nutritional security, sustainable agriculture development, high value commodities and promoting climate smart agriculture.
The Global Food Policy Report is available at gfpr.ifpri.info
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