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19 March 2017 - Production and use of pesticides: an infringement on the rights to food and health


The alleged reasons that would make pesticides indispensable to ensure world food security are in contradictions with the right to health, considering the numerous health impacts associated to their use. [read]



12 March 2017 - Why famines in a world of plenty?


The dramatic famines in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are not caused by fate but the result of man-made decisions. A converging set of causes suggest that famines risk to become more frequent in the futur, despite the sufficient availability of food worldwide. [read]



10 March 2017 - What are the challenges to be met in order to secure a sustainable future for our food system?


Technology, dynamics of food and agricultural value chains and governance deficit are the main factors explaining the crisis of our food system. They determine the challenges to meet in order to secure a sustainable future. [read]



17 February 2017  - After pockets, corridors,... what next?


In Africa, development corridors were to help solve the food issue. Where do we really stand? [read]



6 February 2017 - The World Economic Forum’s “New Vision for Agriculture” is moving ahead on the ground…


Make large multinationals the masters of the food and agriculture sector, by funding them in part by rich countries’ taxpayers and to the detriment of hundreds of millions of small family farmers... [read]



21 January 2017 - Is there a new paradigm of agricultural research?


Do the growing awareness that our agri-food system has multiple roles to play, the new services to agriculture that other economic sectors can now provide, and the increasing weight of large private corporations contribute to establish a new paradigm of agricultural research? [read]



5 January 2017 - A review of two recent publications and of forthcoming studies illustrates EU’s thinking on food and agriculture


Concerning gaps cast doubt on independence and credibility of research conducted by the European Parliament’s Think Tank. [read]



27 December 2016 - Scientific research under the influence of private interests


A study by France’s INRA shows that a large proportion of research publications on GMOs is the object of conflicts of interest and that, in this case, the content of the publication has high chances of being in favour of seed companies. [read]



13 December 2016 - Climate finance for poor countries: confusion, lack of transparency and probability that commitments made will not be respected


During COP21 in Paris, rich countries committed to help fund climate adaptation and mitigation efforts of poor countries through a funding mechanism that aims at mobilising USD100 billion annually by 2020. Where do we stand one year later? [read]



20 November 2016 - Africa: can the continent end hunger and become food self-sufficient by 2025?


It seems unlikely that Africa will be able to achieve these two objectives simultaneously. However, it can end hunger, provided it mobilises adequate resources and benefits from support of its partners. [read]



8 November 2016 - The race to create super crops: what solutions to increase the efficiency  of use by plants of soil nutrients?


GMOs, hyper developed root systems or new symbiotic associations? [read]



1 November 2016 - Is “free-tradism” agonising? Why is it increasingly difficult to enter into free trade agreements?


Free trade agreements cannot simply be considered as an economic matter as they also have profound social, environmental, health-related, political and even philosophical implications. [read]



1 October 2016 - The impact of the 2007-2008 food security crisis: the uncounted social and economic cost of resilience


Behind the misleading picture given by statistics, the food crisis has produced structural changes that created more economic vulnerability health hazards and potential social and political time bombs. [read]




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