Opinions

The socio-political and governance dimensions of hunger: Exploring Ethiopia’s crisis

by Fikrejesus Amahazion Pambazuka News November 10, 2015

Food insecurity is one of the most pressing humanitarian issues in the Horn of Africa, and the situation is expected to deteriorate further over the coming months. Ethiopia, in particular, is faced with a massive crisis. According to the European Commission, “[t]he situation in Ethiopia is at pres...

Undocumented youth are here through no fault of their own. But it’s not their parents’ fault, either. Using the phrase “no fault of their own”...

by David Bacon In These Times November 4, 2015

When President Obama introduced his executive order in 2012 to defer deportation for young people (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA), the White House website said it would “stop punishing innocent young people brought to the country through no fault of their own by their parents.”...

Women’s progress outdid China’s one-child policy

by Amarta Sen New York Times November 2, 2015

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — THE abandonment of the one-child policy in China is a momentous change, and there is much to celebrate in the easing of restrictions on human freedom in a particularly private sphere of life. But we need to recognize that the big fall in fertility in China over the decades, for ...

A closer look at advancing world food security. In agriculture, our free trade and commodity export agendas conflict with our development agenda, and ...

by Michael McClellan Foreign Service Journal October 24, 2015

World food security is rightly a high priority for the United States. While the large U.S. commodity sector and industrial agriculture clearly reap the benefits of our commodity food aid, support of global trade and export promotion, such short-term “aid” does not help other countries to develop...

“Miracle-makers” IMF, World Bank found wearing no clothes at Lima Annual Meetings

by Aldo Caliari Center of Concern October 21, 2015

Last October 9-11 the World Bank and IMF Governors met in Lima, Peru, for their Annual Meetings. For those who do not follow the meetings closely, the World Bank and IMF Governors meet every year but only once every three years in a location outside Washington DC. The last time the meetings were hel...

The myth of welfare’s corrupting influence on the poor

by Eduardo Porter New York Times October 20, 2015

Few ideas are so deeply ingrained in the American popular imagination as the belief that government aid for poor people will just encourage bad behavior....

A tale of two food prizes

by Eric Holt-Giménez Other Worlds October 12, 2015

What’s in a prize? The politics of distribution versus growth. On October 14th in Des Moines, Iowa, the Food Sovereignty Prize will be awarded to the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, run by African-American farmers of the southern United States and to OFRANEH—the Black Fraternal Organizat...

Africa and the WTO: the perils of weakening the development agenda

by Biraj Patnaik and Timothy A. Wise allAfrica October 9, 2015

In the 2013 WTO Ministerial in Bali, India stood mostly alone as the rich countries tried to isolate the government for its stockholding and food security program. But India is far from alone in recognizing the value of public food reserves as insurance against price volatility, emergency food in th...

Global goals must fight the poor nutrition that kills 3 million children every year. The sustainable development goals need to reflect the complex cau...

by Dolf te Lintelo and Nick Nisbett The Guardian September 30, 2015

One of the final acts in the lengthy process of creating a new set of global sustainable development goals (SDGs) was completed last weekend when world leaders formally adopted 17 goals and 169 targets. But for those of us who seek to tackle the world’s collective failing in ensuring adequate nutr...

Why Pope Francis’s call to care for the poor is so contagious

by Cardinal Donald Wuerl Washington Post September 22, 2015

With enormous enthusiasm, our entire community prepares to welcome Pope Francis as he begins his apostolic journey to the United States right here in Washington D.C. It is a time for all of us,...

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