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The Fight Against Food Shortages and Surpluses
Perspectives of a Practitioner
By: John McClintock, ACTION for Food Reserves, Belgium
November 2021 | Paperback | 184 Pages | 9781800621213
October 2020 | Hardback | 198 Pages | 9781786394842
October 2020 | ePDF 9781786394859 | ePub 9781786394866
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DescriptionThe price of food commodities - such as wheat, corn and rice - is unstable. It can suddenly shoot up, making food unaffordable for millions of people around the world, bringing hunger and famine. A shortage may be due to bad weather or to a human pandemic which disrupts the food system. The other side of the volatility coin is a grain surplus - too much grain on the market. A grain surplus can cause food prices to rapidly fall, wiping out the profits of farming families and jeopardising their livelihoods. The whole world would be better off if commodity prices were more stable.
The challenge is for governments to manage food and farming so that there are neither food shortages nor food surpluses. This book explores how governments can do this and uses theory and evidence to address major ideologies and global problems anew by:
- Exploring the causes, consequence and potential for moderation of food price volatility.
- Evaluating the various policy tools that have been proposed to eliminate hunger and reduce volatility.
- Concluding with a practical strategy to moderate volatility - grain buffer stocks.
In so doing the book addresses a core question: how can prices be managed for the benefit of consumers and farmers without impairing the efficiency of the market?
Authored by an agricultural economist with thirty years of practical experience in farm policy, this book will assist governments in the design of their food and agricultural policies. Requiring no prior knowledge of economics, it is essential reading for students, researchers and policy makers in the areas of economics, international and sustainable development, agriculture, and food security.
Table of contents
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: Grain in the world
- Chapter 3: The pattern of grain prices
- Chapter 4: The root cause of unstable grain prices
- Chapter 5: Unstable grain prices – who wins? who loses?
- Chapter 6: Stabilising grain prices in a closed economy
- Chapter 7: A model of the international grain market
- Chapter 8: Stabilising grain prices in an open economy
- Chapter 9: Buffer stocks – technical and legal aspects
- Chapter 10: Attitudes towards price stabilisation and buffer stocks
- Chapter 11: Conclusion
ReadershipSuitable for students, academics and practitioners of economics, economic development, trade, sustainable development, agriculture, food studies and security, food policy, agricultural economics, international economics and international relations.
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John McClintock is an agricultural economist (Reading and Oxford universities, Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique, Montpellier). He has worked in a number of developing and European countries and for the European Commission. He is the founder of ACTION for Food Reserves, a non-governmental organisation in Brussels that seeks to promote stable grain prices and the use of buffer stocks.
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