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Food Insecurity and Vulnerability in Latin America and the Caribbean

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  • Gordillo, Gustavo
  • Winters, Paul C.
  • Corral, Leonardo

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This paper examines how Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations have proceeded in addressing the issues of food insecurity and vulnerability in response to the 1996 Rome Declaration on World Food Security. The data suggests that while the food insecurity situation has improved in LAC over the past few years, many nations are worse off in terms of food insecurity than they were at the beginning of the 1990s. Nations that reduced food insecurity tend to be those who have effectively reduced poverty and have increased social spending. While some regional initiatives have occurred to address regional food insecurity issues, additional national and international policy responses are required in the Latin American Region.

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Paper provided by University of New England, School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 12900.

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Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:ags:uneewp:12900

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Keywords: food insecurity; vulnerability; Latin America and the Caribbean; World Food Summit; Food Security and Poverty;

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