Opinion

The principles of food security

March 29, 2016

Global food prices have been rising steadily since 2002 and since January this year by 65%. Global hot spots of unrest caused by spiraling food prices in the last few months include Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Haiti, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Mozambique and Senegal. The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler, reported in March this year that despite real gr ...

Brazil’s Fome Zero (Zero Hunger) program: Accelerating progress for urban and rural nutrition

by Jordan Teague Global Food for Thought March 27, 2016

This year is an important one for food security and nutrition. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were launched on January 1, 2016—which means that 193 countries are now working towards ending hunger, ensuring food security for everyone, and eliminating all forms of malnutrition by 2030. But what will it take to get there? Now is the time to take stock of what is working and what more need ...

The racism at the heart of Flint’s crisis

by Editorial Board New York Times March 25, 2016

An important new report makes clear the principal cause of the water crisis in Flint, Mich.: the state government’s blatant disregard for the lives and health of poor and black residents of a distressed city. ...

Connecting the dots: Human rights and poverty

by Thomas Pogge Pambazuka News March 23, 2016

Where rights are at stake, immediate action is required. Those who continue to uphold the existing, highly skewed international economic and financial order delay the realization of human rights by many decades, thereby becoming responsible for hundreds of millions of poverty-related deaths in the meantime. ...

Soil: the sustainable alternative to oil income in Africa

by Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi The Guardian March 22, 2016

The 2014 Africa Progress Panel report presents the two faces of Africa: robust economic growth and continuing poverty. But the report suggests Africa could change this duality by asking: how can resources make a positive impact on development? While impressive headline growth figures are reported, incomes do not trickle down to improve livelihoods of the majority of the population. ...

These cheap, clean stoves were supposed to save millions of lives. What happened?

by Marc Gunther Washington Post March 22, 2016

About 3 billion of the world’s poorest people burn wood, charcoal or dung in smoky, open fires to cook their food and heat their homes. Millions die annually from lung and heart ailments caused by cooking with solid fuels, according to the World Health Organization. ...

Letting (some of) India’s women own land

by Tina Rosenberg New York Times March 22, 2016

This month, 600 women gathered under a huge blue-and-yellow-striped tent in Baripada, a small city in Odisha, a state in India’s east. They were among India’s most neglected people. Widowed, abandoned or divorced, many had ended up living like servants in the households of their fathers, brothers or in-laws. ...

The farm bill drove me insane.America’s top nutrition thinker tried to unpack the most important food law. It was a mistake

by Marion Nestle Politico March 17, 2016

In fall 2011, in an act of what can be described only as hubris, I had the bright idea of teaching a course on the farm bill.For nearly 25 years, I had been writing and teaching about food politics and policy at New York University, and I knew that the farm bill dictated not only agricultural policy, but also such things as international food aid and feeding the hungry in America. It had to be one ...

Why was Berta Cáceres assassinated?

by Beverly Bell Other Worlds March 16, 2016

A few numbers begin to reveal why Honduran indigenous leader and global movement luminary, Berta Cáceres, was assassinated on March 3, 2016.According to the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), more than 300 hydroelectric dams are planned for Honduras, of which 49 are on COPINH lands. Eight hundred seventy-two contracts have been handed out to corporations for min ...

Berta Lives! The life and legacy of Berta Cáceres

by Beverly Bell Other Worlds March 9, 2016

I began writing a eulogy for Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores years ago, though she died only last week. Berta was assassinated by Honduran government-backed death squads on March 3. Like many who knew and worked with her, I was aware that this fighter for indigenous peoples’ power; for control over their own territories; for women’s and LGBTQ rights; for authentic democracy; for the well-being of ...

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