This Zoom session is from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST: Combining Scholarship and Activism: An Intergenerational Exchange. Information about the session and registration is HERE. Bob Gottlieb and I will address how to combine food policy scholarship and activism in discussion with two much younger colleagues, Ivonne Quiroz and Lo Anderson.
IPES_Food issues report on the global food price crises
The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems has issued a special report:
The report identifies four structural weaknesses that make foods systems vulnerable to price shocks
- Dependency on food imports
- Dependencies in production systems
- Opaque, dysfunctional, and speculation-prone grain markets
- Vicious cycles of conflict, climate change, poverty, and food insecurity
Doing something about these problems is a tall order.
The IPES-Food panel calls for urgent action to:
- support food importing countries (including through debt relief),
- curb excessive commodity speculation and enhance market transparency,
- reduce reliance on fertilizers and fossil energy in food production,
- build up regional grain reserves & food security response systems,
- and accelerate steps to diversify food production and restructure trade flows.