ILSI Research Foundation Scientific Session 2017
Hungry Cities: The Global Revolution in Food Systems
Dr. Peter Richards, US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Urbanization and USAID’s Value Chain Approach for Rural Economic Growth
On January 23, 2017, the ILSI Research Foundation organized a scientific session entitled Hungry Cities: The Global Revolution in Food System. The session explored drivers of food choice in low and middle income countries, with presentations from experts who shared their research and perspectives on how we may address this global revolution in food systems.
Dr. Peter Richards, USAID, presented on Urbanization and USAID’s Value Chain Approach for Rural Economic Growth.
In lower and middle income countries, family purchasing power has risen significantly over the past decade and a half. Population shifts, including rural to urban migration and the rapid rise of cities, have also reshaped market structures, particularly for agriculture and food. These changes are creating tremendous new opportunities (and challenges) for rural areas. The US government’s Feed the Future initiative, in recognition of these changes, emphasizes a market-driven, value chain approach to rural economic development. This includes not only working across the extent of the supply chain, but an increased emphasis on (1) developing farm level technical and financial capacities, particularly for high value dairy, meat, and horticultural production; (2) increasing awareness and recognition of product standards, to ensure safety and facilitate downstream processing; and (3) enabling efficient documentary and regulatory environments favorable to small and medium agri-food enterprises.
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