Introduction to our Proposal

For more details please read our paper ‘The fight against food shortages‘.

Why are food reserves a good idea?

Reserves can improve food security in all countries of the world. If a country suffers a bad harvest and it can’t afford to import food, it can release food from the reserve. Hunger and malnutrition can be avoided. Political stresses can be averted.

Food reserves don’t distort trade. Neither do they distort markets. Prices continue to be determined by supply and demand. Other approaches to acute hunger supplant the market or distort it, hurting producers, consumers and governments. This is the case, for instance, with price controls, rationing and food subsidies.

Governments have the option of setting up their own food reserve, or sharing a regional food reserve with their neighbours. Sharing a regional reserve is better because governments can save money.

ACTION for Food Reserves can:

Provide further information on how regional food reserves work, how much they cost and how governments and regional organisations can set them up.

Train staff of regional organisations and their member governments.

Assist in feasibility studies and economic analyses.

For more details please read our paper ‘The fight against food shortages‘.