2. Food security implies an improvement of the socio-economic environment that can only be brought about by public intervention. Even in situations of serious crisis for a state, its public policies are still a framework of reference that cannot be ignored. Ignoring the link between public policy and the macro-economic level is a sure way of acting for the short term only.
3. Governments at the appropriate level, with the support of the relevant international and regional organizations, should establish and maintain mechanisms to ensure the integration of strategies for poverty alleviation among the inhabitants of lands prone to desertification into sectoral and national development plans and programmes.