The seed freedom movement
is an inspiring example of how the principle of sharing is central to resolving
the crisis in agriculture, and highlights the urgency of resisting the powerful agribusinesses that seek to eliminate biodiversity and criminalise the saving and sharing of seed.
The structural barriers to fighting hunger are actually woven into faulty neoliberal economic policies. Until self-sufficiency takes precedence over agricultural exports, vulnerability to food crises in developing countries will continue, says Devinder Sharma in an interview with Eduardo Almeida.
In a food system driven almost exclusively by the market-value of commodities, hunger is largely a result of insufficient income. Agricultural production must be completely rethought to prioritise the nutritional needs of people, particularly those living in poverty, argues Justin Frewen.
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.
Rather than a push for techno-fixes and tightened intellectual property rights that characterised the recent World Seed Conference,
we need a new paradigm in agricultural development that promotes cooperation,
sharing and free-exchange of seeds, writes Robin Willoughby.
Following the latest weak outcome of the Commission on Sustainable Development, it is time to ask if the United Nations is achieving enough in the realm of sustainable agriculture - and to start building a grassroots movement that can forge a new vision for the future, writes Adam W. Parsons.
issue of globally-managed food reserves is receiving increased attention from
policymakers in light of the food price crisis. But will the current proposals
help achieve food security, or do we need a new framework to discuss their
implementation? A backgrounder, by Adam W. Parsons.