Changing Food Systems & Inequality: Implications for Food Security and Public Policy in Brazil, India, Mexico, and South Africa

New research from the ECSN BRICSAM program finds that the globalization of agri-food systems in Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa has created opportunities for only a few – often landowners or those with access to capital – but has simultaneously increased gender, spatial and economic inequality, particularly in terms of increased marginalization of smallholders. […]

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Civil Society from the Global South calls on G20 leaders to address Unequal Food Systems

Civil society networks from Mexico, Indonesia, China, South Africa and Russia leading the ECSN BRICSAM programme ´s work on inequality and food have presented a position paper to the G20 Development Working Group calling for G20 leaders to build more equitable and sustainable food systems. This group of CSO networks believes that the G20 needs to address issues related […]

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Food Security, Malnutrition and Obesity in South Africa: a Question of Inequality?

The analysis of food security in South Africa reveals patterns that differ markedly from those experienced in other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Although South Africa is broadly nationally self sufficient in food and ranks well above the average (about 80th) in GDP per capita, large numbers of people still experience significant levels of food insecurity. […]

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C20 Summit: a missed opportunity for global civil society

Guest blog post by Lesego Loate from PLAAS, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, originally posted at www.plaas.org.za on 21 Jul 2014 The C20 Summit held on the 21-22 June 2014 released a communiqué that outlined the policy positions of civil society in the lead up to the G20 Summit in November 2014. The communiqué touched on […]

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New equilibrium on food markets – how it happened and what are the consequences

According to the ODI Food Prices 2013/14 Annual Review, the world cereal harvest for 2013/14 will be at a record high, beating last year’s production by 8%. Let’s have a closer look on what preceded this quite unexpected rise in food productions, what consequences it has and whether there is something to be learnt from […]

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Food Security & Inequality in Mexico: El Barzon proposes a way forward

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Seguridad Alimentaria en un Contexto de Alta Volatilidad de Precios de Alimentos y Baja Productividad en América Latina y el Caribe: Retos y Oportunidades

Los días 28 y 29 de Marzo, El Barzón asistió al Seminario Internacional “Seguridad Alimentaria en un Contexto de Alta Volatilidad de Precios de Alimentos y Baja Productividad en América Latina y el Caribe: Retos y Oportunidades”. En un contexto mundial en que los precios de los alimentos son relativamente altos y volátiles, por su […]

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Reducing inequality by focusing on food security

“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”. (FAO. 2002. The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2001. Rome.) As part of the ECSN-BRICSAM program, Oxfam is […]

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El Barzon promotes the Right to Food in Mexico

On April 29th, 2011 the Chamber of Deputies approved a constitutional reform that established the right to food in Mexico. The reform is a huge win for grassroots organizations (including El Barzón) that have fought for the right to food for over 16 years. Three years after the establishment of the Human Right to Food […]

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