In the 1960s about 80 million people suffered from hunger worldwide. This was the world into which the Green Revolution was born, with its promise to end hunger The real objective was to introduce a new system of agricultural production based on the intensive use of industrial inputs. Productivity per hectare increased and world production quadrupled. Yet the number of people suffering from hunger grew, from 80 to 800 million.
New geopolitics of world agriculture
by Joao Pedro Stedile, The Deccan Herald, 21 November, 2008
But this year\'s record crops and the recent fall in food prices should not create \"a false sense of security\", because they come against the backdrop of unfolding global economic slowdown, the Rome-based FAO said in its bi-annual Food Outlook. \"If the current price volatility and liquidity conditions prevail in 2008-09, plantings and output could be affected to such an extent that a new price surge might take place in 2009-10,\" said Concepcion Calpe, one of the report\'s authors.
Global cereal output to touch record this year, says UN body
by , Business Standard, 09 November, 2008
With governments having trouble feeding the growing number of hungry poor and grain prices fluctuating wildly, food scientists are proposing a novel solution for the global food crisis: Let them eat potatoes. Grains like wheat and rice have long been staples of diets in most of the world and the main currency of food aid. Now, a number of scientists, nutritionists and aid specialists are increasingly convinced that the humble spud should be playing a much larger role to ensure a steady supply of food in the developing world. Poor countries could grow more potatoes, they say, to supplement or even replace grains that are most often shipped in from far away and are subject to severe market gyrations.
The potato seen as an alternative to grain
by Elisabeth Rosenthal, The Deccan Herald, 30 October, 2008
“During the ‘on the spot’ survey, all circumstantial evidences suggest that the deaths occurred due to malnutrition and starvation. Of the 27 Birhor families, in Hindiykala of Pratappur block, only four families had cards under the Anotyodaya Yojana in which foodgrains were shown distributed way back in 1998. While, the mid-day meal in schools and the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) were found to be erratic, hardly any foodgrains were found in the households. Consequently, these people are living on makka (maize) and kanda-gethi (a kind of bitter root),” said Balram.
Starvation stalks tribals of Jharkhand
by Sandeep Bhaskar, The Deccan Herald, 10 November, 2008
“To a people famishing and idle, the only acceptable form in which God can dare appear is work and promise of food as wages.” These were the words of Mahatma Gandhi when he was healing the wounds arising from the Hindu-Muslim divide at Naokhali in 1946. He thus stressed the symbiotic bonds among work, income and food security. Eradication of hunger and poverty is also the first among the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDG), which in my view represent a global common minimum programme for human security and well-being.
Towards the ideal of a hunger-free India
by M.S. Swaminathan, The Hindu, 02 October, 2008