24 Jul '11, 10am

Targeting Gaps in the Food Supply Chain: Going Beyond Agricultural Production to Achieve Food Security

Targeting Gaps in the Food Supply Chain: Going Beyond Agricultural Production to Achieve Food Security

, contributing author Samuel Fromartz uses the example of corn production in Zambia to illustrate how off-farm inefficiencies exacerbate food insecurity and poverty. Poor market access, unpredictable weather patterns, and insufficient infrastructure make small-scale agriculture a high-risk livelihood. Seasons of surplus corn production can be as detrimental as low-yielding ones. Large surpluses saturate local markets, and local farmers have no alternatives for selling their product. “Many do not have the luxury of picking when to sell or whom to sell to; they are desperate and need to sell to eat. So they take whatever price they can get,” writes Fromartz.

Full article: http://eatdrinkbetter.com/2011/07/24/targeting-gaps-in-th...

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