Food Security Issues in the Arab Near East. A Report of the by A. A. El-Sherbini

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Market intelligence and information needs to be developed and improved. Collection analysis and dissemination of information on prices and markets are crucial prerequisites for an effective food price policy. This service needs to be institutionalized and should be given'adequate resources to operate. 7. Food price policy has a potent and prominent role to play in stimulating increases in production of food commodities. Until now the predominant emphasis has been on low food prices for urban consumers.

One technology appropriate for large feed cooperatives is that of baling hay into high density bales with an inexpensive mobile pick-up baler or alternatively with a stationary baler. 125. Feed distribution is an integral part of a well-conceived feed development programme. Present distribution systems of subsidized feedstuffs have serious defects; they often operate against the best interests of the genuine livestock owner. Livestock numbers are frequently mis-stated to secure feedstuffs which are subsequently resold at black market prices.

In the future, a great role is to be assigned to marketing and pricing policies. There is a great scope for various actions in these fields, which have not been put to their full use in the past and thus did not make a maximum contribution towards increased food production. An important area for action concerns the building-up of efficient marketing systems for each of the commodities concerned. Unless strong marketing structures are established, the whole array of economic incentives does not have much chance to be implemented effectively.

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