Global Food Policy Report 2018 – International Food Policy Research Institute

The year 2017 was marked by increasing uncertainty amid mixed signs of progress. The world enjoyed a strong economic recovery, but global hunger increased as conflicts, famine, and refugee crises persisted. The global landscape continued to change, as anti-globalization sentiment threatened international trade and investment as well as the flow of people and knowledge. With the withdrawal of the United States from major international agreements, Britain’s “Brexit,” and rising anti-immigration rhetoric in many countries, the world began to step away from decades of global integration that have yielded unprecedented reductions in poverty and malnutrition. The 2018 Global Food Policy Report reviews the major policy developments of 2017 and highlights challenges and opportunities ahead, with an in-depth look at the concerns raised by anti-globalism and how global integration can be harnessed to benefit our global food system. Download a copy from IFPRI’s website.

Global Report on Food Crises 2018 – World Food Programme

The 2018 Global Report on Food Crises provides the latest estimates of severe hunger in the world. An estimated 124 million people in 51 countries are currently facing Crisis food insecurity or worse (the equivalent of IPC/CH Phase 3 or above). Conflict and insecurity continued to be the primary drivers of food insecurity in 18 countries, where almost 74 million food-insecure people remain in need of urgent assistance. This report is not a UN-owned publication but rather a public good, for use by those committed to achieving the objective of minimizing human suffering and eventually ending hunger. Prepared collectively by 12 leading global and regional institutions under the umbrella of the Food Security Information Network, the report provides thematic, country-specific, and trends analysis of food crises around the world. Download the report from WFP’s website.

East Africa Cross Border Trade Report

Cross Border Trade Reports are periodic documents on trade from country to country or in a region, usually addressing the exchange of food commodities at selected border points. The Market Analysis Sub-group of the Food Security and Nutrition Working
Group (FSNWG) monitors informal cross-border trade of 88 food commodities and
livestock in eastern Africa in order to quantify the impact on regional food
security. This bulletin summarizes informal trade across selected borders of Tanzania,
Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan and DRC. Data is provided by the East Africa Grain Council (EAGC), the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the National Bank of Rwanda (NBR) and the World Food Program (WFP). To download the bulletin, click here.