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Food Security & Agriculture

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The escalating crisis of volatile food prices and food insecurity is the result of an industrial development model based on large-scale, export-orientated agriculture tied to international competition, self interest and stock market speculation. With over a billion people going hungry each day despite a huge surplus of food production, a reorientation towards more localised, smaller scale and sustainable agriculture is urgently required.

Latest Articles

Letter on Food Reserves to Government Delegations at the World Food Summit

In a letter released at the commencement of the World Summit on Food Security in Rome (Nov 16-18), civil society organisations urge governments to move forward in support of a system of publicly managed food reserves.

Agriculture at a Crossroads: Food for Survival

Given the twin crises of climate change and food security, current models of agricultural production are no longer an option. Only by investing in ecological farming can we sustainably produce food in the long term, argues a report by Greenpeace.

Eating the Planet

The diet of a wealthy minority is putting the world's available arable land under mounting pressure. Only through distributing food more equally can we avoid the most intensive forms of agricultural production and further deforestation, finds a study by Compassion in World Farming.

Agricultural Development: One Size Fits All?

Agricultural policies prescribed by industrialised countries have led to a food system dominated by private interests. But in the context of achieving global food security, maximization of international trade and corporate profits should not be the dominating forces, writes Daryll E. Ray.

What Does Food Sovereignty Look Like?

The common principle of food sovereignty movements worldwide is the right to democratic participation in the food system. But a prerequisite for realising this right is a ‘moral universalism’ that may sit uncomfortably with its advocates, writes Raj Patel.

Strategic Food Reserves: What Would Be Different This Time?

Implementing global food reserves should be part of a genuine multilateral response to the food crisis. A new Global Convention on Food Security could offer an institutional framework for the governance of food and agriculture, argues a presentation by Robin Willoughby.

Seed Policies and the Right to Food

The current intellectual property regime – dominated by Northern biotechnology firms – is threatening the livelihoods of poor farmers and pushing up food prices in developing countries, says a report from the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter.

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