Staple Crop Yields Alone Will Not Solve Poverty

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An exclusive focus on improving staple crop yields in developing countries is increasingly questioned as an effective pathway out of poverty for smallholder producers. Although there is still a major focus on increasing food supply in developing country policies, there is also increasing interest in supporting a more diverse and nutritious set of agricultural products. In this interview, Prabhu Pingali , ISPC Member and Professor, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, USA explains why moving away from ‘staple crop fundamentalism’ to a more diversified food system is crucial as we look at shift towards nutrition security.

 

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