News February 2014


26 February 2014 - Trends in food and agricultural policies: short term decisions likely to jeopardise transition to sustainable agriculture and hunger eradication

In a recent publication FAO presents the results of the work conducted through its Food and Agriculture Policy Decision Analysis (FAPDA) project since 2007. Trends in policy decisions taken in more than 70 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America are analysed over the 2007-2012 period. [read]

22 February 2014 - An FAO report on 10 African countries shows that existing agricultural policies do not give an effective priority to the improvement of food security

Depressed producer prices, incentives to traders and processors, subsidies benefiting mostly to better-off producers, neglected agricultural research: a mix of measures that will certainly not help the poorest farmers to improve their living. [read]

11 February 2014 - Africa commits to eliminate hunger by 2025: will priority be given to a sustainable family agriculture?

Respected voices criticise land grabbing and support a sustainable technology accessible to smallholder producers. But many obstacles will have to be overcome to implement their recommendations. [read]

9 February - US Farm Bill: farm lobby interests preserved, food aid to poor US citizens cut; limited improvement in the US food aid policy abroad.

After a delay of more than two years because of a fight between Democrats and Republicans over cuts to the food stamp programme, President Obama signed the US Farm Bill on Friday 7 February. [read]

7 February 2014 - Negotiations on Economic Partnership Agreements between EU and ACP countries : a breakthrough unfavourable to the poorest West African countries

After a virtual deadlock of 10 years, negotiations on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) have made a breakthrough end January. [read]

2 February 2014 - The world of tomorrow: the worrying vision of the High-Level Panel of eminent persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

A righteous ‘‘apolitical’’ world, made of individual producers and consumers left to the market, where development is dominated by major pension funds, mutual funds, sovereign wealth funds and large private corporations. Is it too late to prevent this from happening? [read]

Last update:    February 2014

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