Food Crisis

In 2007 and 2008 Africa was subject to growing riots, due to the booming food prices. The food crisis became a global buzz word but as Jacques Depelchin quoting Ernest Wamba dia Wamba points out, “at times like these it is crucial to hear the thinking of ordinary people (e.g., people living in forests or deserts), on how they have understood food security…. The food crisis is not just about food, it is about understanding humanity and its relation to nature. How the issue is framed or problematised shall determine the process of rethinking and finding a solution which is satisfactory, primarily to those who have suffered the most from the predatory nature of the current and triumphant economic and financial system.”

Jacques Depelchin article here.  He makes extensive reference to Wamba dia Wamba, “it is the destruction of Mother Earth and the building of walls between people and Mother Earth which is at the centre of the food crisis. In the process Mother Earth is transformed, sterilized and turned into the mother of profits for the rich. For the victims it is unconscionable that food should be destroyed in order to increase prices, make people suffer while generating huge profits for the destroyers of Mother Earth.’ (Depelchin, Personal communication from Professor Ernest Wamba dia Wamba, 27 October 2008.)

Other references:

Pambazuk’s section on Food Justice

Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice by Eric Holt-Giménez and Raj Patel

Descrambling the ‘Food Crisis’ By George Caffentzis: “When the world’s hedge funds turned from real estate to grain speculation the poor picked up the tab. But the food bubble was no accident, argues George Caffentzis, it was class war…”

Manufacturing a Food Crisis by Walden Bello in The Nation

Biofuels and world hunger

Food crisis in the Sahel: Real problem, false solutions

One Response to “Food Crisis”
  1. brightesttalent? 17 January 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    There is too much maize in South Africa. It’s a serious problem. The farmers are worried. The government is worried. The harvest has been so good that everyone is about to go out of business. Help. Please help. (And don’t say feed the hungry people. Apparently that will do nothing to solve the problem.)

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