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Researcher: Key to Ending Food Insecurity Lies in Our Crops

Clemens Koppensteiner
One key to ending world hunger is cooperation between governments to keep crop prices stable and food accessible, according to Anna Applefield Gore.

While malnutrition might occur for different reasons in sub-Saharan Africa than it does in Milwaukee, there are some similarities in the approaches being taken to eliminate it.

Anna Applefield Gore is a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studiesin Washington, DC. She talks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich about the role the United States can play to increase food security both locally and globally.

"In a developing country there is no grocery store, there is no way for them to access the food. Here people generally can access food," Applefield Gore says. "It's a matter of buying nutritious food and having that nutritious food be available to them at an affordable cost."

Applefield Gore also stresses the importance of regulating food prices between governments in order to keep the farming industry, prices, politics and world security stable.

"We've seen many times that when the price of food goes up drastically, when there are big shocks to stable crop prices, it causes political instability. In 2008, there was a massive world food price spike that caused uprisings in twenty countries. So it's important that governments work together to keep crop prices stable so that you can ensure stable access to food," she says.

Anna Applefield Gore was in Milwaukee last week at UW-Milwaukee as part of the Institute of World Affairs’s Fireside Forum series.

Audrey is a WUWM host and producer for Lake Effect.