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Sustainability 2017, 9(6), 960; doi:10.3390/su9060960

Exploring the Dynamics of Responses to Food Production Shocks

Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge CB1 1PT, UK
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Received: 2 May 2017 / Revised: 24 May 2017 / Accepted: 1 June 2017 / Published: 6 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in Food Supply Chain and Food Industry)
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Abstract

Food production shocks can lead to food crises where access to appropriate quantities and quality of food become inadequate, unaffordable, or unreliable on a major scale. While the physical causes of food production shocks are well researched, the dynamics of responses to them are less well understood. This paper reviews those dynamics and includes evidence gathered via interviews of 44 expert practitioners sourced globally from academia, government, industry, think-tanks, and development/relief organizations. The paper confirms that policy interventions are often prioritised for national interests and poorly coordinated at regional and global scales. The paper acknowledges future compounding trends such as climate change and demographic shifts and suggests that while there are signs of incremental progress in better managing the impacts of shock events, coordinated responses at scale will require a paradigm shift involving major policy, market, and technological advancements, and a wide range of public and private sector stakeholders. View Full-Text
Keywords: production shock; food crisis; food price; government responses production shock; food crisis; food price; government responses
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Jones, A.; Hiller, B. Exploring the Dynamics of Responses to Food Production Shocks. Sustainability 2017, 9, 960.

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