Can Haiti really meet a larger share of its rice demand from local farmers?
In recent months food scandals have hit the headlines across the globe with horsemeat being passed off as beef in Europe, rat dressed up as lamb in China and fish being sold as, well other kinds of fish. These may just be the tip of the iceberg. Today’s high and volatile prices mean that concerns […]
This isn’t just a treat to help cows beat the heat; in fact, it shows how US farmers are resorting to extreme measures to deal with the worst drought in 50 years. Unfortunately, poor people don't have that option.
Sometimes a quote says more, much more, than the person saying it intended. Today an article in POLITICO looks into how potential reforms to international food aid programs in the US farm bill could impact the shipping industry. In defending the wasteful and inefficient practice of mandating that virtually all US food aid is grown […]
Over a period of months, a number of institutional investors have begun taking steps back from the speculative rush into food commodities. Most recently, the Stockholm-based financial services group, Nordea, announced it would remove food commodities from their financial products. This comes after Deutsche Bank made a similar (if temporary) ban. In 2010, the California […]
A rough consensus has emerged around the causes of the high food prices that spiraled up in 2007 and 2008; increasing global food demand due to rising incomes and population, stalling agriculture productivity, and biofuels. But one factor that remains hotly debated is the role of financial speculation in food prices. The amount of food […]
Victoria Marzilli is Oxfam America’s New Media Specialist focusing on social media. Join us on May 17 for an interactive discussion on Twitter with global hunger expert and author of Enough and The Last Hunger Season, Roger Thurow. What is a Twitter town hall? The Twitter town hall is meant to be an interactive Q&A […]
After months of negotiation and a failed attempt to write new rules for agriculture into the Super Committee debt deal last Fall, the Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry took the first step towards reauthorizing a new Farm Bill last week by passing a Farm Bill out of committee. Most of the energy and […]
When it comes to debates over policy, it’s easy to find yourself deep in the weeds. Discussions over how to save lives quickly devolve into symposiums on tendering procedures and assessments of equivalent expenditures. But if you can hack your way through the complex thicket of jargon, sometimes you find yourself with a number that […]