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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

rather than by using buffer stocks.” In practice, however, this approach is hampered by lack of information on food supply (and even demand) in the hinterland of the LDCs. Juan Rodriguez Rivas Lima, Peru Shlomo Reutlinger replies : Mr. Rodriguez Rivas is perfectly correct in saying that unfavorable terms of trade make it more difficult for countries to achieve food security. It is incumbent on countries to increase their food production and rate of food self-sufficiency as prices for LDC agricultural exports decline relative to food prices. Food self-sufficiency