Multilateral Responses to the Global Food Crisis

CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources, Vol. 4, No. 12, 2009

Posted: 21 Mar 2009

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Matias E. Margulis

School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

Date Written: February 3, 2009

Abstract

Skyrocketing food prices in 2007 and 2008 have produced social and political unrest in many developing countries and threaten to precipitate an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. This review looks at the present food crisis through the analytical lenses of international political economy and global governance. I argue that the study of the food crisis is enhanced by contextualizing the crisis within broader processes of globalization. The review is divided into three parts. The first section examines the magnitude of the current food crisis and clarifies what is meant by the term 'global food crisis'. The second section reviews the policy measures implemented in response to the crisis, focusing particularly on the multilateral level. The third section examines two vital elements of the multilateral response, emergency food aid and establishing an international agreement on biofuels, and identifies key obstacles to their efficacy.

Keywords: Global food crisis, Globalization, United Nations, Group of Eight, Agricultural policy, Food aid, Biofuels

Suggested Citation

Margulis, Matias E., Multilateral Responses to the Global Food Crisis (February 3, 2009). CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources, Vol. 4, No. 12, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1365928

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