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Agricultural labour productivity, food prices and sustainable development impacts and indicators

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  • Dorward, Andrew

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In the last few years high and unstable food and agricultural commodity prices and concerns about population growth, increasing per capita food demands and environmental constraints have pushed agriculture and food production up national and international political, policy and research agendas. Drawing on both theory and empirical evidence, this paper argues that fundamental impacts of links between agricultural productivity sustainability and real food price changes are often overlooked in current policy analysis. This is exacerbated by a lack of relevant and accessible indicators for monitoring agricultural productivity sustainability and real food prices. Two relatively simple and widely applicable sets of indicators are proposed for use in policy development and monitoring. Historical series of these indices are estimated for selected countries, regions and the world. Their strengths, weaknesses and potential value are then discussed in the context of the need for better sustainable agricultural development and food security indicators in any post 2015 successors to the current MDGs.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Food Policy.

Volume (Year): 39 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 40-50

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jfpoli:v:39:y:2013:i:c:p:40-50

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Keywords: Food prices; Food security; Labour productivity; Agricultural development; Sustainable agriculture; Millennium development goals;

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Cited by:
  1. Maria Bruna Zolin & Marco Braggion, 2013. "Food and Energy (In)security: Evidence from Agricultural Investments in Selected Emerging Economies," Working Papers 2013:25, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
  2. Minghong Tan, 2014. "The Transition of Farmland Production Functions in Metropolitan Areas in China," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(7), pages 4028-4041, June.

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