Food security in mountains
From March 22-25 in Aeschi, Switzerland, the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) held a small workshop for researchers working on food security in mountain regions. The participants sought to understand the impact of recent food price increases on food security of mountain communities. CIAT DAPA researchers (Glenn Hyman, Chereen Ball, John Alexander Marin) presented the results of recent research conducted within the Water and Food Challenge Program’s (WFCP) Andes Basin Focal Project.
The impact of global price rises on rural Andean communities has been marginal. Producers have not been able to take advantage of higher prices. Consumers have had to pay slightly more of their household budget for food. Many Andean communities are isolated from national and international markets. This may have buffered them against price rises, a benefit in the short term. Over the long term, integration into markets could help their overall food security situation.
For more information on the workshop, go to the MRI workshop page. See our presentation in SlideShare.