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2016 Global Food Policy Report

Date Published: 
March 31, 2016

The year 2015 was a watershed moment for the international development community. The endpoint of the Millennium Development Goals highlighted the striking advances made since 1990: extreme poverty, child mortality, and hunger all fell by around half. However, enormous challenges remain. The 2016 Global Food Policy Report reviews major trends, events, and changes affecting food security and nutrition in 2015 and beyond, and explores how the global food system can best contribute to further reductions in hunger, malnutrition, and poverty while ensuring sustainable use of the world’s resources. The year 2016 will be critical for moving from new global and national commitments to action.

IFPRI’s Flagship Report puts into perspective the major food policy issues, developments, and decisions of 2015 and highlights challenges and opportunities for 2016. This year’s report takes a special look at how food systems can best contribute to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Drawing on rigorous research, IFPRI researchers and other distinguished food policy experts consider a wide range of crucial questions.

The 2016 Global Food Policy Report also presents data for several key food policy indicators, including country-level data on hunger, agricultural spending, agricultural research investment, and capacity for food policy research. In addition to illustrative figures, tables, and a timeline of food policy events in 2015, the report also presents the results of a global opinion poll on the current state of food policy.