Food First News & Views Summer 2010
International tug of war over how to end hunger
Agroecology: Agriculture of the future, not the past
Food First at the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit
Photo by Roland Bunch
International Tug of War Over How to End Hunger:
The UN Bureaucracies Square off with the World Bank, Civil Society, and Farmers' Movements
Dublin was unusually sunny and warm last month when the High Level Task Force on the global food security crisis held a consultation at the Malahide resort just north of the city. Dr. David Nabarro, coordinator of the High Level Task Force seeking comments from civil society organizations on the Comprehensive Framework for Action to end hunger (CFA). The CFA, hastily written a year ago by a team of experts from 23 bureaucracies within the U.N. system, is a multilateral attempt to create a plan to deal with the growing global food crisis.
Dr. Nabarro, an energetic showman, literally took off his coat and tie and rolled up his sleeves before some100 representatives from farmer's organizations, think tanks, NGOs, human rights and food security organizations from around the world. It was a lively two days. The struggle is around just how the South's food systems will be rebuilt, who will pay, and who will actually benefit. Getting this right will largely determine whether or not world hunger—now increasing by 100 million people a year—will ever be ended.
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