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30 Nov 2005 description
report World Bank

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Maintaining food security at the national and household level is a major priority for most developing countries, both for the welfare of the poor as well as for political stability. In order to help assure food security, developing country governments have adopted various strategies including efforts to increase production (often with an explicit goal of food self-sufficiency), government intervention in markets, public distribution of food and maintenance of national food security stocks.