For all the decisions world leaders could have made to improve food policies in 2012, they have missed some pivotal opportunities to “address the real drivers of high and volatile food prices,” opined two policy experts on Al Jazeera. When it comes to the causes of the international food crisis, Sophia Murphy and Timothy A. Wise point to factors like financial speculation and lackluster investment in the agriculture of developing countries.
Nevertheless, 2013 looks to be filled with another set of possible solutions. After all, it’s not that there have not been any improvements—more so that few have been as impactful as hoped in getting at “either the proximate or structural causes.” For every unresolved issue, the authors provide potential fixes, like stopping the trend of “large-scale land acquisitions by foreigners in developing countries.”