News Selection – Food Security
Recent international news and analysis chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Food Security.
New EU biofuel rules not enough to help people or the planet
14/6/2018: The EU's Renewable Energy Directive for the period 2021-2030 envisages that 7% of transport fuel will be sourced by biofuels made from food crops. This could fuel climate change, food price spikes and land grabs, warns Oxfam.
Government subsidies prop up destructive high-seas fishing
8/6/2018: More than half of fisheries on the world’s high seas would be running a loss without the billions of dollars in government subsidies that keep the ecologically destructive industry afloat, a recent study suggests.
Failed farmland deals: a growing legacy of disaster
6/6/2018: Remember the landgrabbing scandals that emerged in the aftermath of the food price crisis a decade ago? A significant number of the acquisitions have collapsed. Now the challenge is to return land to its original community owners.
Monsanto to ditch its infamous name
4/6/2018: The Monsanto company name, a longstanding target of environmental activists, will disappear after the completion of its sale to the German company Bayer. But Friends of the Earth expects to be monitoring the new owner just as closely.
Making agriculture work for biodiversity
29/5/2018: In holding a high level 3-day conference on "Biodiversity Mainstreaming across Agricultural Sectors", the UN Food and Agriculture Organization appears to downplay agribusiness methods of tackling food insecurity.
Trade Liberalization Undermined Food Security
21/5/2018: A review of the mistakes of the late 20th century in imposing free market ideology on agriculture in the poorest countries, whilst richer countries indulged in subsidising their farmers. The hypocrisy persists today.
UN’s Zero Hunger Goal Remains a Daunting Challenge
11/4/2018: It's hard enough to reduce global hunger but to eliminate it by 2030 appears more impossible by the day. In 2017, 124 million people in 51 countries faced acute food insecurity — 11 million more than in 2016.
Agroecology can improve the world’s food production
3/4/2018: The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization supports a transformation from high-input and resource-intensive farming towards healthier and more sustainable food systems such as agroecology
Hunger at crisis levels in conflict countries
30/1/2018: The World Food Programme warns that ending conflict is essential to reach the global goal of zero hunger. UN figures for eight conflict countries show emergency levels of food insecurity.
Kenyans face bleak year after poor harvests
2/1/2018: The Kenyan agriculture ministry estimates a 20% drop in maize yields, setting the stage for acute shortage of the commodity this year. Yield has been affected by extremes of weather and by the armyworm pest.