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Globalization of food and agriculture and the poor:


  • von Braun, Joachim
  • Díaz-Bonilla, Eugenio


The economic impact of globalization, particularly on poverty, and the changes in agri-food markets have received much attention in recent years. However, the intersection of these two trends has been neglected. The present volume fills this gap by focusing on the way globalization of agri-food systems affects the world's poor and its impact on food and nutrition security in developing countries. Rather than offering a single policy prescription or simplistic messages about globalization being 'good' or 'bad', the book acknowledges the complexity of the subject by including a variety of policy and research perspectives. The contributors analyse in details the links between poverty and globalization. They examine the different interactions between the forces influencing and driving globalization—politics and governance; markets, capital investment, and labour; information and innovation; and health, social policies, and conflicts—and elements of the food chain—production, marketing, and consumption. Complementing these analyses are six interspersed essays by leading policy analysts and economists that highlight primary issues in the ongoing debate on the impact of globalization. The insights offered make this volume a valuable resource for researchers and decisionmakers in government, NGOs, and the private sector who wish to shape globalization and the agri-food system to produce pro-poor outcomes.

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  • von Braun, Joachim & Díaz-Bonilla, Eugenio, 2008. "Globalization of food and agriculture and the poor:," Issue briefs 52, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  • Handle: RePEc:fpr:issbrf:52

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    1. Horne, Peter M. & Bethe, Ernest E., III, 2009. "Linking Asia’s Farmers to the Global Economy," Conference Proceedings 2009 125202, Crawford Fund.
    2. Laura M. Pereira, 2013. "The Future of the Food System: Cases Involving the Private Sector in South Africa," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 5(3), pages 1-22, March.
    3. von Braun, Joachim, 2013. "International Co-Operation for Agricultural Development and Food and Nutrition Security: New Institutional Arrangements for Related Public Goods," WIDER Working Paper Series 061, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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    5. Angela Mariani & Elena Viganò, 2013. "Il Commercio Equo: un modello replicabile per lo sviluppo sostenibile," RIVISTA DI STUDI SULLA SOSTENIBILITA', FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2013(1), pages 149-161.
    6. Xiaohua Yu & Satoru Shimokawa, 2016. "Nutritional impacts of rising food prices in African countries: a review," Food Security: The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food, Springer;The International Society for Plant Pathology, vol. 8(5), pages 985-997, October.
    7. World Bank & Inter-American Institute for Agriculture Cooperation, 2014. "Agriculture for Nutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean : From Quantity to Quality," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 17281.

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    Food supply; Developing countries; Rural poor; Globalization;

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