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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.

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G20 Agriculture Ministers to Confront Food Crisis

Agriculture ministers from the G20 nations will meet in Paris this week to discuss how to combat food price volatility. The French presidency has succeeded in placing regulation of commodity markets on the agenda, but is this all that is needed to ensure global food security?

Save and Grow: A New Paradigm of Agriculture

Intensive farming practices introduced during the Green Revolution of the 1960s cannot meet the challenges of the new millennium. To feed a population of 9.2 billion in 2050, a new paradigm is required to promote smallholders using agro-ecological methods, says a report by the FAO.

UN Report Calls for Regulation to Curb Commodity Speculators

Herding behaviour in commodity markets creates price bubbles that put many basic foodstuffs out of the reach of millions in the developing world. Tighter government regulation is required to curb speculation and stabilise food prices, says a report by UNCTAD.

Growing a Better Future

Today’s broken food system leaves nearly one billion people hungry, while unsustainable patterns of consumption and production threaten the planet’s ecosystems. Radical reform is required to build a sustainable future where the world’s resources are shared fairly, says a report by Oxfam.

Hungry for Justice: Fighting Starvation In An Age Of Plenty

In recent years, new structural causes of hunger have emerged, from land-grabbing to commodity speculation. Food security policy must be updated to ensure support for small-holder farmers and sustainable agricultural practices, says a report by Christian Aid.

Global Food Losses and Food Waste

About one third of food produced for humans is lost or wasted. Reducing systemic waste could have an immediate and significant impact on global food security, says a report commissioned by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Nations Pledge to Save and Share Crop Diversity

Recent measures agreed to by signatories of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources to conserve and share the benefits of crop diversity have been met with concern by advocacy groups. Amendments must be made to protect the rights of small-farmers.

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