Food sovereignty in times of crisis: challenging the statistical system
Category: International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS)
The world has seen significant increases in food prices over the past three years, caused by a combination of factors, including the outbreak of war in a region known for its significant grain and oilseed production potential, the restrictions limit the flow of goods generated by the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic, the scarcity and poor distribution of rainfall mainly due to climate change, the extension of drought to wetlands and the significant frequency of windy years in arid and semi-arid regions.
At the same time, global food demand continues to grow and regional changes and growing inequalities. As a result of all this, a an increase in the poor population is expected and the emergence of aspects undernutrition and malnutrition among the population, especially among the vulnerable groups of the population (children, the elderly, pregnant women, etc.).
In this global turmoil, food security, which was easy in rich countries, is not more possible today. Indeed, the question of food security has become a problem both for the rich and for the poor. However, the food sovereignty of countries has come is making a strong comeback after being neglected for years, especially with the return of confrontation between the great powers and the emergence of the will to control the global balance. Deficit in the supply of basic foodstuffs in the world markets, which is a pressure factor. This session offers a study of statistical approaches to assess aspects of food sovereignty in a world at a time of crisis.
This is to analyze the main statistical indicators, the minimum indicator matrix, to describe the state of food in the world and focus on a few case. In this sense, the session invites experts in the field of food security representing United Nations bodies and agencies (FAO, ESCWA, HCP).