How to fine-tune market systems to advance food security

ACDI/VOCA’s Bronwyn Irwin on the intersection of food security and poverty reduction.

The way the international community approaches food security is changing. How?

In this video interview, Bronwyn Irwin, senior technical director with ACDI/VOCA, explains and shares lessons learned from Zimbabwe on how to improve market systems to advance food security.

Small traders are essential, according to Irwin, as they have the capacity to move food from areas of surplus to areas of deficit, and that over time brings down food prices.

Bronwyn Irwin: We must improve both consumer and producer food handling practices.

But increasing food production won’t be enough to meet humankind’s growing demand for nutritious food.

What can the international development community do to improve food handling practices — at the post-harvest stage and by consumers — to minimize wastage? Click on the above clip to hear Irwin’s take on this question and on the “hidden nutrition issue” threatening global food security efforts, and why it’s important to address it.

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