Why food policy has evolved rapidly for the past three decades?
New research released by an AAEA Fellow in AEPP
The emergency of COVID-19 is calling for an urgency to transform our agri-food systems for both human and planetary health. Prior to 2019 a lot of food policy was based on the triple burden of malnutrition. 820 million people suffer hunger, and 2 billion suffer from hidden hunger/lack of micro-nutrients globally. Another 2 billion suffer from obesity.
In the new research “Reflections of Food Policy Evolution over the Last Three Decades”, released in the Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, AAEA Fellow Shenggen Fan digs deeper into the changes over time.
Fan says “ for the past 30 years, the objectives food policy have evolved from increasing food availability to food accessibility, better managmnet of natural resource management and climate change, and tacking poverty and malnutrtion. Only until very recenlty has a food system approach been used to tackle all these challenges together. The COVID-19 Pandemic is a wake up call for food policy analyst to rethink of food systems we would like to have in the future. Among many features, resilience and inclusion must become more prominent.”
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