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Policymakers Should Help Improve Food Security In Urban Areas, Report Says

“Tackling hunger is not only a question of producing more food in rural areas, but requires looking at why poor urban populations struggle to eat enough — a problem aggravated by climate change, a report from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said on Thursday,” AlertNet reports. “Cecilia Tacoli, the report’s author, said policymakers should try to find ways of improving poor people’s ability to access and afford food in urban areas,” the news service writes, adding, “The paper urges more attention to incomes, living conditions, markets, and the links between rural and urban food security.” According to the news service, “Governments should try harder to improve infrastructure, services and living conditions for the urban poor if they want to reduce the risk of climate-related disasters and rising food insecurity, the paper said” (Rowling, 3/28).