World food day-2012

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012

Global food demand is changing our lives
As countries observe World Food Day on October 16, food prices around the globe again threaten to rise to the levels of 2007-2008, which triggered riots in several countries. The price spiral is driven by increasing demand for food and decreasing availability of land to grow it. At the same time, there is a drastic change in the way food is grown and sourced. There is growing dependence on packaged and stored food, which is at the cost of locally grown, diverse produce that has for centuries supplemented the nutritional needs of the poor. Uncertainties over food supply has triggered an alarming trend—the rush to grab land in poor countries by dispossessing marginal farmers, who are being pushed to starvation. Agricultural cooperatives (this year’s food day theme) hold the key to curbing food inflation and feeding the three billion hungry and malnourished people of the world, but the transition to cooperatives will not be easy
Democratising the global food chain
There is a broad consensus today that the world has to shift from the present system of food production and supply—controlled by corporate food giants—and adopt a radically new approach if it has to provide safe and adequate food to the estimated nine billion people by 2050. Organising small landholding farmers into cooperatives is the key to the transition, says Chandra Bhushan
Land grab fallout
Scramble to buy land in foreign countries to grow more food leaves more people hungry
Pitfalls of a uniform food regime
In face of drought and rising food prices, attention shifts to local diet and food diversity
Food basket is shrinking
Local fruits and veggies hold the key to food, nutritional security
DTE Archives
Hunger and malnutrition
GM and monoculture
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Organic Universe
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India Environment Portal
The state of food insecurity in the world 2012
How progress in reducing hunger has been better but the number of people suffering from chronic undernourishment is still high
HUNGaMA (Hunger and Malnutrition) report 2011
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The state of food and agriculture 2010-11: women in agriculture
Comprehensive data and analysis on the critical role women play in agriculture
Food security and poverty in Asia and the Pacific: key challenges and policy issues
Drivers behind food insecurity in Asia and points to ways to mitigate it
Global food security index 2012: an assessment of food affordability, availability and quality
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World Disasters Report 2011: focus on hunger and malnutrition
Causes and impacts of growing hunger and malnutrition
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Knowledge, innovations, good practices, and lessons on food security
Global hunger index 2011: the challenge of hunger - taming price spikes and excessive food price volatility
Global hunger has declined since 1990, but not dramatically, and remains at a level characterised as “serious”
The National Food Security Bill, 2011
Text of the National Food Security Bill cleared by the Union Cabinet “to provide for food and nutritional security by ensuring access to adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices"
Agriculture development and food security
Challenges of achieving food and nutrition security and provides an update on progress in implementing sustainable agricultural policies and practices in line with the Rome Principles
FAO statistical yearbook 2012: world food and agriculture
A visual synthesis of the major trends and factors shaping the global food and agricultural landscape and their interplay with broader environmental, social and economic dimensions
State of world hunger 2011: our common interest - ending hunger and malnutrition
Role of the United States in mobilising global commitments to increase investments in agriculture, food security, and nutrition in developing countries
India state hunger index: comparisons of hunger across states
Overall severity of the hunger situation in India
Agriculture and food security in Asia by 2030
How growth and associated structural changes are altering agricultural markets in particular and thereby food security
Food prices: from crisis to stability on World Food Day 2011
Food prices - from crisis to stability

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