Investing in agriculture to overcome the world food crisis and reduce poverty and hunger

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Washington, D.C.: IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute)


In many parts of the world, increased agricultural growth will play a key role in addressing the current world food crisis, in contributing to overall economic growth, and in helping to achieve the first Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of poor and hungry people by 2015 (MDG1). The challenge of meeting MDG1 under the current circumstances is considerable, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).Of the means used to promote agricultural growth, sound government spending can be one of the most direct and effective. This brief presents ranges of estimates of the costs involved using two different approaches. (excerpt from the document)



Economic growth, Economic analyses, Food security, Poverty, Economic modeling and analysis, Economic statistics and indicators, Conservation farming, Ifpri, Farm/Enterprise Scale


IFPRI Policy Brief No. 3