In their January 2012 report, “Resolving the Food Crisis: Assessing Global Policy Reforms Since 2007,”
Timothy A. Wise and Sophia Murphy argued that the recent crisis has been a catalyst for important policy reforms, but the international community had thus far avoided deeper structural reforms, leaving the world vulnerable to further crisis.
The report launched a GDAE research program on the causes of and policy solutions for the current food crisis. Research includes ongoing work on:
- the ever-closer links between food, fuel, and financial markets;
- the reliability of projections that we will not be able to feed the world in 2050;
- research into the impacts of U.S. biofuels policies on developing countries.
The report, “Resolving the Food Crisis,” is based on a comprehensive assessment of the policies and actions taken since 2007 by four international groups of actors: the UN, the G-20, the World Bank and international donors. The authors warn that policy reforms fall well short of what is needed to meet the world’s current and future food needs in a sustainable way, particularly in the context of rapidly changing climate.
Several issues received priority attention in the Food Crisis report, and they are the focus of ongoing GDAE research: