The Global Food System, Environmental Protection, and Human Rights

By Prof. Carmen G. Gonzalez (Seattle University School of Law)

The global food system is exceeding ecological limits while failing to meet the nutritional needs of a large segment of the world’s population. While law could play an important role in facilitating the transition to a more just and ecologically sustainable food system, the current legal framework fails to regulate food and agriculture in an integrated manner.  more[...]  login_required


Global Food Price Volatility and Spikes: An Overview of Costs, Causes, and Solutions

By Prof. Joachim von Braun (Center for Development Research)

Since the 2007-08 food crisis, many thoughtful analyses have addressed the causes and impacts of high and volatile international food prices and proposed solutions to the crisis. These studies have covered global as well as local food price dynamics and policy reactions. The food price problem is, however, far-reaching, and its impacts are wide and interrelated.  more[...]  login_required


World Food Programme: High Food Prices - 10 Questions Answered

The recent drought in the United States and its impact on maize prices has focused the world's attention back onto global food prices. The latest data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization shows that prices are in fact up a little after a period of decline. High food prices not only put a strain on the already tight food budgets of the world’s poor, but raise the price of helping them with food aid.  more[...]  login_required


A Global Challenge

  • The Times they are A-Changing

    Anders Dahlbeck, ActionAid

    In 2008, ActionAid started campaigning to remove biofuels targets that are having a detrimental effect on poor and marginalised communities around the world. We did so in response to calls from communities and partners we work with in the global south, for whom the impact of biofuels production was becoming untenable. Countless cases of land grabs by multinationals to produce industrial biofuels for export to rich countries were the main issue.  more[...]  login_required

    The Author
    Anders Dahlbeck, ActionAid 
  • A Chinese Farm in Africa

    Lila Buckley, International Institute for Environment and Development

    Chen promotes new agricultural techniques in China, but he dreams of farming in Senegal. Not because he is a cog in a neo-colonial machine driven by a Beijing masterplan to take over Africa, but because he wants to share his skills and do something meaningful.  more[...]  login_required

    The Author
    Lila Buckley, International Institute for Environment and Development 
  • Food Security for Africa: an urgent global Challenge

    Albert Sasson, European Commission

    On September 14, 2010, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) published its estimates concerning the number of people suffering from hunger in 2010: 925 million. This figure was below the 1,020 billion in 2009, but it was higher than the number reached before the 2008 global food crisis. The 2010 figure corresponded to 13.5% of the world population, while the 2015 objective (millennium development goal (MDG) number 1) was 8%. The FAO concluded that we were still far from achieving MDG 1, that is, halving the number of hungry people worldwide by 2015.  more[...]  login_required

    The Author
    Albert Sasson, European Commission 

Institutional Viewpoints


Food Security Remains a Top Priority for African Development

By African Development Bank (AfDB)

Food security remains an important development issue for Africa, with many countries facing high food costs and periodic food shortages due to climate change, humanitarian crises, conflict, displaced populations, poor agricultural practices and a high dependency on imported food stuffs. For this reason, food security remains a top priority on the continent’s development agenda, as outlined in the quarterly Africa Food Security Brief published recently by the Chief Economist Complex of the African Development Bank.  more[...]  login_required


Diets must become sustainable say FAO

By Food and Agriculture Organization

Immediate action to promote sustainable diets and food biodiversity so as to improve the health of humans and of the planet is urged in a book just published by FAO and Bioversity International.  more[...]  login_required


Food Price Volatility a Growing Concern

By World Bank

Given the exceptional drought in the US, current crop conditions in other grain producing regions, and the resulting increase in international food prices, the World Bank today expressed concern for the impacts of this volatility on the world's poor, who are highly vulnerable to increases in food prices.  more[...]  login_required


Beyond 2012 – The World Food Programme’s Perspective for a Future Climate Change Policy

By World Food Programme (WFP)

Climate is a key parameter in growing food. Changes in climate pose a threat to agriculture and can lead to drastic increases in food insecurity and hunger. Climate change will affect everyone, but it has a disproportionate effect on those living in poverty in developing countries in areas where deprivation and vulnerability to climate risks and natural disasters are severe. Studies warn of a coming “global food crunch” with long-term drivers of climate change, scarcity of land and water, lack of investment in agriculture and fuel production, and rising food consumption due to population growth all combining to cause political instability.  more[...]  login_required


Dispatches from the Food Movement

Regional food systems that are ecologically sound, economically viable, and that encourage healthy communities were at the epicenter of conversation at the University of Vermont’s first-ever food systems summit with a public conference titled “The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems Amplified,” held on June 28, 2012, to a packed house and a digital audience from around the country.  more[...]  login_required

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