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The role of international agencies in achieving food security

The 2008 food price crisis is an important reminder of the links between food security and nutrition and broader governing policies. While many global actors play a critical role within the global food and nutrition system by impacting nutrition via an explicit nutrition mandate, they tend to divide food and nutrition responsibilities among multiple organizational units which often results in conflicting goals and serious fragmentation of efforts.

Whereas such unfavorable outcomes are still noticeable, there have been significant improvements in this area. Key to this improvement is the rise and role of a specific set of actors across the food security and nutrition realm, namely – international agencies. Their rising voice in the past few decades and increasing participation in the global nutrition public debate deserves further attention and investigation to understand and define their role in achieving food security and nutrition.

van Zutphen, Kesso & Lingala, Srujith & Kraemer, Klaus. The Role of International Agencies in Achieving Food Security in the Encyclopedia of Food Security and Sustainability. Pages 149-164

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