New Farm Production and Food Security in LDCs (dgAlert)

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dgFood Security New Highlight:

How New Farm Production Impacts Food Security in LDCs

This highlight launches a special series on ‘The Changing Agricultural Sector’ by David Bigman, a new Guide of the Food Security dgCommunity.  Leading up to the launch of the 2008 World Development Report on Agriculture in October, the series will address how technology, trade and other factors are impacting agriculture and food security in Least Developed Countries. This highlight looks at far-reaching changes d trade are still going through far reaching changes in production technologies, in the organization of the entire supply chain, in agricultural trade policies – despite the seeming failure of the Doha Round, in the impact of the Gene Revolution in production, and in the impact of environmental factor in determining the countries’ comparative advantage in trade. These changes that take place at accelerating pace affect this sector to the extent that we must re-valuate costs and benefits and re-evaluate also of some of the well established axioms that are traditionally associated with the function of the agricultural sector and its effects on growth, poverty and income inequality in developing countries.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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