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IFPRI’s flagship report reviews the major food policy issues, developments, and decisions of 2016, and highlights challenges and opportunities for 2017 at the global and regional levels. The 2017 Global Food Policy Report provides a comprehensive overview of major food policy developments and events. In this sixth edition, leading researchers, practitioners and policy-makers look back at what happened regionally and globally in food policy in 2016 and why, and reflect on what to expect in the coming year. 

This year’s report focuses on the challenges and opportunities brought about by rapid urbanization for nutrition and food security, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Drawing on recent research, IFPRI researchers and other distinguished food policy experts consider a range of timely questions:

> What do we know about the impact of urbanization on hunger and nutrition? 

> What are our greatest research and data needs for better policy-making that will ensure food security and improve diets for growing urban populations?

> How can we better connect rural smallholders to urban food consumers so as to ensure that smallholders benefit from expanding urban food markets?

> Why do city environments drive a nutrition transition toward poorer diets, and what policies can improve the nutrition environment?

> How are urban areas reshaping agricultural value chains for staple crops and benefiting small farmers?

> What role do informal markets play in feeding cities, and how can they be better governed to increase urban food security?

The online version of the report also provides a very helpful tool to compare performance across multiple indicators and countries across the globe. The tool includes a variety of data sets, including data on investments in agricultural research; public spending in agriculture; food policy research capacity; international model for policy analysis of agricultural commodities and trade; and agricultural total factor productivity, as well as a hunger index at the country level. Have a look at the widget here.

The complete report 2017 Global Food Policy Report can be downloaded here