28.05.2009 |

The Food Crisis and Gender

Statistics on the most recent global food crisis are well known. In the three years leading up to June 2008, food prices rose 83%. Although declining since, they are still 60% higher than in 2006. There is little prospect of returning to the cheap food regimes that characterized the world prior to 2005 anytime in the foreseeable future. So far, the food crisis has pushed an estimated 75 million people into chronic hunger since 2005.

Women and children, particularly girls, have been hardest hit by the food crisis. In part, this disproportionate impact is because women in poor rural communities have less access to resources, transportation, and communication networks. Any effective resolution to the food crisis — and to reinforce food security more generally — must incorporate an understanding of this differential impact on gender roles.

28.05.2009 |

Traditional Agricultural Methods No Longer Useful

Traditional agricultural methods are no longer useful for Jordan and other countries of the region, and new technologies and policies are needed to feed their increasing populations, according to an international report discussed in Amman on Wednesday.

"Business as usual is no more an option," according to the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) report, which was initiated and approved by 59 countries in Johannesburg, South Africa, in April.

28.05.2009 |

Tackling the global food challenge

World food security, as Australian consumers and others are fast discovering, is at its lowest in half a century. The precipitous fall in world food stocks in the past seven years is forewarning of what we can expect in the next few decades as civilisation runs low on water, arable land, nutrients and technology, as marine catches collapse, as biofuels grow and energy costs rise, and as droughts intensify under climate change.

28.05.2009 |

More Aid for African Agriculture

After decades of decline, aid to African agriculture is back on the international policy agenda in the context of climate change, the current food and energy price crises and the consequent demands for hundreds of billions of dollars in new investment in agriculture.

28.05.2009 |

Organic agriculture for food security in Africa

The third African Green Revolution Conference took place in Oslo on 28 - 29 August 2008. High level representatives of banks and industry, most of them engaged in seeds and chemical fertilizers, were meeting to discuss action for an African Green Revolution. While IFOAM was welcoming the attention for the agricultural situation in Africa, it expressed its deep concern about the direction the talks in Oslo were taking: back to the past instead of looking at the future, neglecting recent scientific and societal findings. Moses Kiggundu Muwanga, IFOAM world board member and coordinator of the National Organic Agricultural Movement of Uganda (NOGAMU), said that: the global food crisis had inter-linkages with other man-made crises and that one should search for solutions that responded to them systemically.

27.05.2009 |

Food crisis sows seed for change

In July, World Trade Organization director general Pascal Lamy organized a mini-ministerial to complete the Doha Development Round, and couched it as a necessary means to address the food crisis. Not surprisingly, negotiations collapsed over ongoing disagreements about whether WTO members have the right to protect their food security and "livelihoods" from import surges.

26.05.2009 |

Change in agriculture can meet food needs: IAASTD

Agricultural production will be increasingly constrained by the declining availability and degradation of water in the countries of Asia and the Pacific with implications for food production, says a report which puts development at heart of Asia-Pacific security.

26.05.2009 |

Report offers holistic remedies for famine relief

Regenerative farming practices, local knowledge and regionally appropriate technology favored over biotech and industrial agriculture.

26.05.2009 |

A problem with dirt

Science has provided the souped-up seeds to feed the world, through biotechnology and old-fashioned crossbreeding. Now the problem is the dirt they're planted in.

As seeds get better, much of the world's soil is getting worse and people are going hungry. Scientists say if they can get the world out of the economically triggered global food crisis, better dirt will be at the root of the solution.

26.05.2009 |

Small Can Be Beautiful

Is small the new big when it comes to agriculture in Southern Africa? As rising food prices place this sector firmly in the spotlight, there are compelling examples at hand to make the case for greater investment in small-scale farming.


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