Feeding Hunger & Insecurity: New Publication Offers Blueprint for Grappling with Global Food Crisis

ACF assesses the impact of the global food crisis and offers concrete solutions.

Action Against Hunger's latest publication, Feeding Hunger & Insecurity: Field Analysis of Volatile Global Commodity Food Prices, Food Security, & Childhood Malnutrition, offers an assessment of the global food crisis and its impact on vulnerable communities.

The report is based on a series of in-depth surveys that ACF carried out in the wake of the global food crisis, targeting households in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Central African Republic. While the inflated food prices did not have an immediate impact on malnutrition rates, the findings suggest a significant, persistent impact on livelihoods and dietary diversity, which are key determinants of malnutrition.

Produced by ACF’s policy research and advocacy department, Hunger Watch, this publication was undertaken after the rapid price increases of early 2008. These spiking food prices led to riots in over 30 countries, sparking international calls for action and repositioning world hunger and local agriculture as global priorities.

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Feeding Hunger & Insecurity

Feeding Hunger & Insecurity: Field Analysis of Volatile Global Commodity Food Prices, Food Security, & Childhood Malnutrition

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Drawing on over thirty years of experience in combating food insecurity and malnutrition, Feeding Hunger & Insecurity outlines key recommendations for responding to this global food crisis. The report not only offers proven solutions for addressing the underlying causes of the crisis, but also provides estimates on how much these interventions might cost.

The Global Food Crisis: Comparing Food & Oil Prices

Most of us in the U.S. experienced the global food crisis in terms of skyrocketing oil prices: we spent 2008 wincing at exorbitant prices at the pump. Imagine how the crisis appeared to poor families around the world who suddenly couldn't buy basic foodstuffs, let alone gas. Here's how this crisis affected different markets:
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What Would it Cost to Prevent Acute Malnutrition?

In addition to broader investments in local agriculture, a minimum package of life-saving programs could prevent acute malnutrition

Community-based management of malnutrition and child growth promotion programs protect children from acute malnutrition, while a number of tested arrangements could guarantee access to food and income during the hunger season. This minimum package costs between $40 and $70 billion—which is the cost of ending childhood deaths from hunger. Sound like a lot? Let's compare:

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