Food Security

Food Security

Exploring comprehensive food security strategies that ensure a secure supply of affordable food. read more

Food Security introduction

This theme addresses how to feed the growing world population and alleviate poverty. It explores comprehensive food security strategies that ensure a secure supply of affordable food using less land and water and producing less waste and fewer emissions.

Food security will be  a major challenge in future decades. The way food is currently produced, traded, distributed and consumed will not sustain the growing world population. The current system will not end hunger but rather increase the food insecurity, unless it is radically redesigned. Inclusive policies, implementation and advocacy based on multidisciplinary research is crucial to ensure impact on food security at local, national and international levels.

For that reason The Broker brings together experts in development, agricultural production, trade and climate change to gather their opinions on new agricultural models, technology and innovation, trade policies, access to natural resources, and supply chain management. Some of the controversial issues pertaining to the food security debate include small-scale farmers versus large-scale agriculture, biofuels, the use of chemical fertilizers, genetically-modified foods, and free trade versus regulation and export restrictions. This means including smaller farms in regional food chains, as well as international agricultural industries, which have to work for the rural poor to impact food security by taking into account local environmental and cultural values.

Reinforcing battle lines or facilitating cooperation?

Josefine Ulbrich Vanessa Nigten  | 16 October 2014

Hilal Elver is the third UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. Will she have sufficient clout to contribute to the...

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Editorial articles

The food commons transition

Jose Luis Vivero Pol | January 22, 2014

Treating food as a purely private good is denying millions of people access to this basic resource. Food should therefore be seen as a commons or public good.

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Ending hunger within a generation

Evert-jan Quak | May 07, 2013

Food security can be the glue that brings us closer to a universal development agenda that aims to secure good quality food supplies for everyone in the near...

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Untangling the myth of the global land rush

Annelies Zoomers, Evert-jan Quak | April 01, 2013

The global land rush has not lifted small-scale farmers out of poverty, nor has it increased agricultural productivity and food security.

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From local to global: prioritizing food security

Evert-jan Quak | April 17, 2013

How can or should global actors be involved in local rural development that suits small-scale farmers and local entrepreneurs? A new research agenda on food...

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PPPs: listen to the farmers

Karlijn Muiderman | April 17, 2013

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) have dominated global food security strategies. There is general agreement that the preconditions for success are to addre...

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Expert opinions

Reinforcing battle lines or facilitating cooperation?

Josefine Ulbrich Vanessa Nigten  | 16 October 2014

Hilal Elver is the third UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. Will she have sufficient clout to contribute to the transition towards a more sustainable food system?

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Paradoxes in food security

Gerda Verburg | September 08, 2014

In his 1963 speech to the United Nations General Assembly, the late US president John F. Kennedy expressed two ambitions for that decade: to commit to a mann...

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The global land grab as modern day corporate colonialism

Annelies Zoomers, Mayke Kaag | July 24, 2014

The idea that there is a “land grab” taking place in developing nations began with the publication of a report,Seized!, by the NGO Grain. This rang an alarm...

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Initiatives to combat food wastage: a waste of time?

Vanessa Nigten | July 18, 2014

The recently published F&BKP report on food wastage shows that a significant decline in food wastage will not automatically improve food security.

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Deliberate starvation: impact on peace and reconstruction in Syria

David Connolly Agnese Macaluso  | 02 July 2014

After three years of civil war in Syria, there is clear evidence that both the government and rebel groups have deliberately starved civilian populations

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Vacancy

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform is looking for a: Food Security Knowledge Broker (0.4 – 0.6 FTE)

September 01, 2014

Are you eager to contribute to food and nutrition security worldwide? Do you consider knowledge management and innovation crucial in achieving this goal?Doe...

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Dossiers

Consultation for a food secure world

Consultation for a food secure world

How effectively global knowledge and expertise on food security are being used.

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Inequality

Inequality

Inequality is at the heart of the debate of how to create a more sustainable world.

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Social entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship

The potential to increase the socioeconomic impact of social enterprises

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