Devinder Sharma is an award-winning food and agriculture policy analyst. His writings focus on the links between biotechnology, intellectual property rights, food trade and poverty. He is a regular contributor to STWR and a full list of his articles can be found below.
The world already produces enough food for the year 2050, when the population is projected to reach 9 billion. Addressing hunger is not a question of increasing production, but rather one of learning to save and share food, writes Devinder Sharma.Caught in the Food Pirates’ Trap
The social and political turmoil that has swept the Middle East is a pointer to a grave crisis ahead. If governing powers continue to turn a blind eye to commodity speculation and corporate dominance in the food system, more unrest is sure to follow, writes Devinder Sharma.The “Green Chomsky” on the Hidden Hunger Crisis
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.India: Make Hunger History
Despite its underlying promise of food-for-all, India's proposed National Food Security Act does not address the structural causes of poverty and hunger, and so is unlikely to secure the right to food, argues Devinder Sharma.Land Grabbing: the End of Sustainable Agriculture?
The contentious issue of ‘land grabbing’ has become the subject of numerous media reports since the global food crisis worsened in 2008 - but what are the likely consequences of the increasing trend to secure farmland abroad?Do GM Crops Increase Yield? The Answer is No
Monsanto’s claim that GM crops increase yields is fundamentally flawed and misleading. Please, don't try and fool the world by fabricating and distorting scientific facts, says Devinder Sharma.The Parable of the G-20: Blind to the Elephant
The leaders of the G-20 Group of countries are like the blind men who failed to see the elephant - which in this case is the crisis-stricken international financial system. We have been too busy partying, and the hangover is too strong for us to see the silver lining, says Devinder Sharma.The Question To Be Asked: "Where Will the Money Come From?"
It was always considered bad economics to bail out India's millions of beleagured farmers, but swift government bailouts for the banks are considered a political necessity. ‘Where will the money come from?’ is not a question to be asked when you are subsidising the rich and the elite, says Devinder Sharma.Global Priorities: Feeding Markets, Starving the Hungry
The one trillion dollar bailout package that President Bush is promising could have wiped out the last traces of poverty, hunger, malnutrition and squalor from the face of the Earth - if only our global leadership prioritised the poor with the same level of urgency as the financial crisis, writes Devinder Sharma.Too Much Meat Generates Global Heat
Whenever someone has dared challenged the Western lifestyle to address global warming, there has been a quick and sharp retaliation - and R K Pachauri's citing of the meat problem is no exception, writes Devinder Sharma.Poison in Your Stomach: Genetically Modified Brinjal (Egg Plants or Aubergines)
The first genetically modified food crop – Bt Brinjal – will soon be served up across India, carrying a toxin that is a thousand times more potent than what is used to kill insects. Spine chilling, isn’t it? By Devinder Sharma.What Caused the WTO Collapse? It was the Cotton Subsidies, Stupid
The WTO talks actually collapsed because the US did not want to make any commitment to cut its massive subsidies to cotton growers – regardless of pushing cotton farmers in developing countries further into penury, writes Devinder Sharma.WTO Talks: A Tsunami Averted
The collapsed Doha Round has staved off a further import surge into the developing world - which would have been no less devastating than the trail of human destruction left behind by a powerful tsunami, argues Devinder Sharma.The Corporate Benefits of an Agrarian Crisis
The push for more trade to solve the food price crisis is actually aimed at bringing more profits for a handful of multinational corporations rather than providing food to hungry millions, says Devinder Sharma.US Farm Bill 2007: Cat Among Pigeons
As a child I had always wondered why pigeons shut their eyes when they see a cat. After all, how naïve or stupid can the pigeons be to think that a visible threat to its life, which is as sure as death, can be simply warded-off by keeping eyes wide shut.
It was on the cards. With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announcing the formation of a new rehabilitation policy for farmers displaced from land acquisitions, it is now official -- farmers have to quit agriculture.Textile Industry fails farmers
It is turning out to be as unreliable as the marriage vow: till death do us apart. The new buzz on the economic horizon -- public-private partnership – too is a marriage of convenience. The moment the dominant partner – private sector in this case – finds the going tough, it leaves the public in a lurch.
What is it like to be a modern-day Indian prince? Devinder Sharma and Bhaskar Goswami explain how the laws of the land are being redefined to bring in the reality of the royal tag for the rich and beautiful.
Devinder Sharma examines the links between globalisation, trade, and corporate interests, arguing that aggressive trade interests have topped the EU economic and political agenda, even though many developing world increasingly seeing through the inequities of international trade.Seeds and Robbers
China and the US know how to regulate the seed industry, but in India, the seed industry is holding farmers to ransom. Allowing the seed companies to play robbers at the expense of subsistence farmers is a cruel joke that the policy makers can no longer allow, writes Devinder Sharma.WTO: Doha Destructive Round: Time to Pull Down Shutters
Nearly eleven years after the WTO came into existence, as the impasse over a multi-lateral trade regime continues, it is the ‘development’ aspect that has been sacrificed at the altar of international trade, argues Devinder Sharma.WTO And Agriculture: The New Pascal Law
He came, he spelled out his bias and he threatened. Pascal Lamy hasn’t changed. Unable to throw away the grotty hat he had been wearing all these years, as trade commissioner for the European Union, he now operates as if he is the chief trade negotiator for the rich and industrialised countries.Indian villages for sale
Agricultural reforms that are being introduced in the name of increasing food production and minimising the price risks that the farmers continue to be faced with, is actually aimed at destroying the production capacity of the farm lands and would lead to further marginalisation of the farming communities, argues Devinder SharmaPatently unfair: Rice in a private grip
As multinationals tightened their monopoly control over rice, a staple food for more than half the world's population, we are witnessing the beginning of a scientific apartheid against all Third World countries, writes Devinder Sharma.Technology has its pitfalls
Devinder Sharma argues that much of the agrarian crisis in India is the result of such 'unwanted' and 'cost-intensive' technologies that have been forced on small scale farmers.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!Tsunami, Mangroves and the Market Economy
Devinder Sharma examines the unreported, commercial factors which resulted in the Asian Tsunami of December 2004, exacting far greater devastating than would have otherwise been the case, such as agri-business and the tourism industry.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.Petition on Agricultural Trade Submitted to WTO
In a recent letter to Tim Grosser, Chairperson of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Committee on Agriculture, a large number of politicians, NGO's and individuals have petitioned for the right of each nation to protect its own agriculture.WTO Hong Kong Ministerial: Much Ado About Nothing
We were made to believe that everyone cannot be be fooled at all the times. Ten years after the World Trade Organisation (WTO) came into existence, and looking at the outcome of the sixth Ministerial Conference at Hong Kong, it is time to bury the age-old adage under the heaps of trade drafts.Farm subsidies: The report card
Devinder Sharma exposes the real beneficiaries of farm subsidies, and explains how approximately 80 per cent of the entire subsidy for agriculture goes to the agri-business companies.WTO Negotiations: Theatre of the Absurd
The so-called 'drastic' cuts in farm subsidies promised by the US and EU in the run up to the Hong Kong Ministerial in December are, in reality, merely an eye wash and based on the expectation of further market liberalisation in developing countries, writes Devinder Sharma.The Business of Hunger
It was too late. By the time, Jai Lal, a landless agricultural worker of Bandali village, in Sheopur district of Madhya Pradesh, in the heartland of India, returned to share the good news with his wife – that he finally managed to get a petty job with a shopkeeper – she had succumbed to hunger. A week later, graves were dug for his two children, both unable to continue with the prolonged fight against hunger.Pascal Lamy: The Politics of Consensus
Developing countries negotiators have once again failed to understand the implications of consensus building exercise. Such was the debauchery of ‘consensus’ agreement this time, that the developing countries have allowed the rich countries to increase their agricultural subsidies and at the same time agreed to further open up their markets.Bhagwati, Globalisation and Hunger - In an Era of Economic Lunacy
Some 320 million people, a third of the world’s 840 million hungry, go to bed hungry in India. It is not because there is not enough food in India. It is because these people cannot buy food even at ‘below the poverty line prices’. The world has suffered enough from economic lunacy. It is time to stand up and make mainline economists accountable.Indian Agriculture - World Bank Takes Control
Water is an area of growing concern, writes Devinder Sharma, but don’t blame the farmers, it is the seed industry and the agriculture scientists that need to be held accountable.Creating Poverty: World Bank's Latest Passion
The World Bank has strange ways of eradicating poverty. Considering that sustainable agriculture is the established link to poverty eradication, the World Bank/IMF forced developing countries to shift from staple foods (crucial for food security needs) to cash crops that meet the luxury requirement of the western countries.And Now Subsidy Entitlements!
Under the EU's plans to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), big businesses will continue to get most of the subsidies that create starvation and death in the developing world, writes Devinder Sharma.WTO: The Dope Trick
In an embarrassing wake-up call for the developing countries, the US and EU again managed to apply the dope trick on the developing countries. They not only walked away with all the trade-distorting farm subsidies but also threw a protective ring around their agricultural production.
A keynote address delivered by Devinder Sharma at the national seminar on 'Alternative Strategies for Development' held at the RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration and Management, Bhopal, India, from Aug 10-12, 2004.
Despite the World Bank repeatedly painting a faulty picture of the gains that would result from the implementation of the WTO trade agenda, the fact remains that surging food imports have hit farm incomes and had severe employment effects in many developing countries, writes Devinder Sharma.The Collapse of Green Revolution
Green revolution has not only gone sour, it has now turned red. The unexplained number of huge number of suicides a testimony to the entire equation going wrong. However, the fundamental issue of destruction of sustainable livelihoods is not at all being addressed.WTO May Inspire Bollywood
Bollywood (and for that matter Hollywood) has to learn to re-write the script for its blockbusters. Robert Zoellick and Pascal Lamy have emerged on the scene. They are both waiting to be hired as script writers. Is Michael Moore and Mahesh Bhatt listening?India's Agrarian Crisis: No End To Farmers Suicides
The ongoing agricultural crisis has resulted in numerous suicides in India. Devinder Sharma analyses the structural causes and the possible solutions.Agriculture Trade: Once Again fooling the World
If the new proposals for the upcomming WTO talks are accepted, they will accerbate the process of mass displacement of farmers from agriculture in the developing world, writes Devinder Sharma.
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