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The Fight Against Hunger and MalnutritionThe Role of Food, Agriculture, and Targeted Policies$
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David E. Sahn

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733201.001.0001

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Who Makes Global Food Policy?

Who Makes Global Food Policy?

(p.417) 18 Who Makes Global Food Policy?
The Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition

Robert Paarlberg

Oxford University Press

Internationally, many different institutions compete or combine to make policy in the area of food and farming. In our modern age of globalization, the most influential institutions are sometimes expected to be those from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors that have global reach, such as transnational corporations (TNCs), intergovernmental organizations, and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Yet despite globalization, separate sovereign national governments remained stubbornly in political control. Even global corporate actors can be heavily constrained by the sovereign powers of individual states. As for intergovernmental organizations, both within the UN system and beyond, these groups are little more than assemblies giving voice to separate nation-state authorities. In the global food system, nearly all politics—and nearly all public policy—still operate at the national level or below.

Keywords:   food, farming, globalization, TNCs, NGOs, UN, governments, policy

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