Opinion

Progress against undernutrition, but uneven

by Jomo Kwame Sundaram Inter Press Service November 19, 2015

ROME, Nov 19 2015 (IPS) - At the end of 2014, an estimated 795 million people – one in nine people worldwide – were estimated to be chronically hungry. All but 15 million of the world’s hungry live in developing countries, i.e., 780 million are in developing countries, where the share of the hungry has declined by less than half – from 23.4 per cent in 1991 to 12.9 per cent. ...

Dangers of the Gates Foundation: Displacing seeds and farmers

by Miriam Mayet Other Worlds November 18, 2015

Mariam is the founder and director of the African Centre for Biodiversity in South Africa. This is the first in a two-part article with Mariam Mayet. Please check back later in this series for further discussion on how the African Centre for Biodiversity is fighting back effectively to keep seeds in the hands of farmers and out of the multinational corporations’. ...

Electing to ignore the poorest of the poor

by Eduardo Porter New York Times November 17, 2015

The first few primary debates of the presidential election season are in. We can see where the economic policy discussion is going. ...

GM crops and the developing world: Opposing sides miss the bigger picture

by Sally Brooks Pambazuka News November 14, 2015

The majority of genetically modified (GM) crops are now cultivated in the developing world. In 2014, around 53% of the 182m hectares (nearly two million square kilometres) of GM crops were grown in these countries. ...

Forty years on from independence, Angola still lacks freedom. As the country marks its anniversary, the authoritarian and entrenched MPLA regime rules with the excesses of a colonial power.

by Rafael Marques de Morais The Guardian November 11, 2015

Angola is celebrating 40 years of independence on 11 November. Now, however, people are no longer just asking for peace, democracy and bread, but also freedom. ...

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 present the most alarming, where the number of food insecure people has increased from 2.9 million at th ...

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” in discussing undocumented young people does not encourage us to look at the roots of the poverty and violence their families experience.

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 which the one-child policy is often credited, has, in fact, been less related to compulsion and much ...

A closer look at advancing world food security. In agriculture, our free trade and commodity export agendas conflict with our development agenda, and the result is food insecurity. Here is the case for a change in focus.

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 their own food security. In fact, as it stands, our free trade and commodity export agendas are in ...

“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 held in a Latin American country was in 1967 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). ...

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