News second semester 2014


26 December 2014 - Beyond 2015: The foundation to the ‘‘Road to Dignity’’ still requires more earthworks

High sounding objectives, vague recommendations based on a very partial analysis, Ban Ki-Moon’s report on Beyond 2015 is disappointing.


21 December 2014 - United Kingdom: a study demonstrates the failure of the British food system

The New Economics Foundation (NEF), a London-based ‘think-and-do’ tank, published a report on the UK food system last November, with the title: Urgent recall: Our food system under review. [read]

8 December 2014 - More resources are needed to combat hunger in rich countries

United Kingdom, France and the United-States. [read]

3 December 2014 - One year before the deadline, about half of the so-called ‘developing countries’ have achieved their Millennium Development Goal on hunger

63 countries have now reduced by half the proportion of their population who is undernourished and 25 countries have reduced by half the number of undernourished [read]

24 November 2014 - Large private Foundations: the lost opportunity of the Gates Foundation

The Gates Foundation has been criticized for the main beneficiaries of its hand-outs. But is this its main weakness? [read]

16 November 2014 - Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2): Will the real issues be discussed and what can we expect?

More than twenty years after the Conference on Nutrition of 1992, countries meet to agree on the measures to take to improve word nutrition. But some key questions will not be considered. [read]

20 October 2014 - Will the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems really protect the interests of rural communities?

We may doubt it as they do not impose prior approval of investments by impacted rural communities and their implementation will be in full respect of existing international contracts and agreements related to trade and investment. [read]

17 October 2014 - We must turn the page of the Green Revolution and find new solutions to the problems of food and agriculture today.

This is what FAO’s latest report on the The State of Food and Agriculture, published on the occasion of the World Food Day, says in essence [read]

16 October 2014 - 34e World Food Day: Feeding the world, caring for the earth through family farming

The theme of the 34th World Food Day is: ‘‘Family Farming: feeding the world, caring for the earth’’. But today, family farming is under threat [read]

11 October 2014 - The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture: a new tool for an enlightened capitalism?

Launched a little more than two years after the launching of the New Alliance for Food Security, this coalition of governments, associations and private companies seeks to promote a more climate-smart agriculture. But will it operate in the interests of the more vulnerable? [read]

17 September 2014 - According to FAO, WFP and IFAD, the MDG on hunger can still be achieved : truth or wishful thinking?

The number of chronically undernourished are said to be decreasing worldwide, but very slowly, and in some regions, they are still on the increase. Are the Rome-based agencies addressing the right issues in their fight against hunger and food insecurity? [read]

16 September 2014 - Biodiversity or GMOs : how to increase plant resistance against drought?

Seeds are made available on the market that associate common plants (maize, paddy, soya and wheat) to a fungus that gives them the capacity to thrive better under drought conditions.  [read]

26 August 2014 - Developing drought resistance or investing in water management?

Investing in research in improved varieties for dryland farming can contribute to the improvement of the lives a large number of people at a much lower cost than investment in irrigation. [read]

Last update:    December 2014

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