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Implementing Physical and Virtual Food Reserves to Protect the Poor and Prevent Market Failure

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The 2007?08 international food price crisis caused hardship on a number of fronts. The steep rise in food prices led to economic difficulties for the poor and generated political turmoil in many countries. The crisis could also result in long-term, irreversible nutritional damage, especially among children. There is a global interest in preventing such events from recurring.

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