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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

African fish industry 'in crisis'

Africa's fisheries industry is facing a crisis, experts have claimed, with over-fishing and a lack of investment threatening its long-term future.

Still hungry

The world produces more than enough food for all of us. So why will 200 million children go to sleep tonight hungry? Alex Renton investigates the relationship between food and poverty - and what a child calls supper around the world.

Plenty of food - yet the poor are starving
The two faces of Niger
No Bt Cotton, No Pests!: How cotton farmers are being fleeced

For the beleaguered cotton farmers, who consume an overdose of harmful pesticides every year, and are now being lured to adopt genetically modified cotton, there is finally a silver-lining on the dark and polluted horizon. No pesticides, no Bt cotton and there are no pests!

US Declares Iraqis Must Destroy Their Own Seeds

As part of sweeping "economic restructuring" implemented by the Bush Administration in Iraq, Iraqi farmers will no longer be permitted to save their seeds, which include seeds the Iraqis themselves have developed over hundreds of years.

Trade and Agriculture: The Plan of Action

A true reform in agriculture is only possible when the global community accepts the guiding principle that food for all is an international obligation. It can only be achieved when the need for national food self-sufficiency becomes the priority. Developing countries therefore cannot afford to be silent spectators and should protect their agriculture as vigorously as the rich nations do, argues Devinder Sharma.

Sustainable Agriculture Sustains Rural Livelihoods

This was the underlying message of a comprehensive speech delivered at the national seminar on "Alternative Strategies for Development" held in Bhopal, India last month, by one of STWR's contributing writers, Devinder Sharma.

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