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
Food First News & Views Spring 2010 - In Brief, Food First's Accomplishments of 2009 and Plans for 2010
Spring 2010 Volume 32 Number 116
Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice, written by Eric Holt-Giménez and Raj Patel with Annie Shattuck, is being presented by its authors throughout the U.S., Europe and Central America. To view videos of issues covered in this Food First book, go to www.foodfirst.org and click on VIMEO in the left hand column.
In 2010, we will continue to promote Food Rebellions!, exposing the
roots of hunger and poverty and promoting the changes needed to
transform our food systems. Food First is also working within U.S.
Two alarming documents on hunger and the food crisis were released in November. The USDA reports an alarming increase in food insecurity—fully one in seven Americans do not get enough food throughout the year. And a declaration from the World Summit on Food Security in Rome notes that the world is now hungrier than ever before. The parallels between global and national hunger are staggering.
--Diverse groups unite around campaign to build a just and sustainable food system.
--Oakland Food Policy Council is seated, sworn in, and makes its first decisions.
--First Annual Food Sovereignty Prize presented at the Community Food Security Coalition Annual meeting in Des Moines
Building Neighborhood Food Systems in the East Bay:
The Oakland Food Policy Council gets off to a good start
While the Oakland Food Policy Council (OFPC) was established 2008, its seeds were sown in 2005 when the Oakland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability commissioned a study on the Oakland food system. The report, the Food Systems Assessment for Oakland, CA, made several innovative recommendations. Among them was a recommendation to create a food policy council to review the food system from production through waste management, and develop ideas to make the food system equitable and sustainable.
Volume 31 Number 112
Opening the Door to Food Sovereignty in Ecuador
by Karla Pena
There Never was a better time to end hunger--equitably,sustainably, and permanently
by Eric Holt-Gimenez
Food and Financial Crisis
by Eric Holt-Gimenez
The World Food Program described the global food crisis as a “silent tsunami” surging over an unaware populace, helpless in the face of massive destruction. The financial crisis—rapidly going global—now threatens to increase everyone’s vulnerability to hunger. The compound
effect of the twin crises seems overwhelming.
At the June 1-4, 2008 FAO Food Security Summit in Rome, representatives of 181 countries reaffirmed their commitment to food security goals from previous summits held in 1996 and "Five Years Later." Delegates voiced concern about the lack of progress toward the UN Millennium Development Goals. That's the good news.
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Food First's work falls under three program areas aimed at integrating Food Sovereignty across both rural and urban and spanning local, national and international arenas. Programs include:
--Assisting with the building of local agri-foods systems,
--Accompanying farmers forging food sovereignty,
--Supporting groups struggling to democratize development including land, resources and markets.