Food as a public good: the last frontier in the civic claim of the commons

SUMMARY: The socially-constructed nature of food as a purely private good shall be re-conceived as a common good, a necessary narrative for the transition from the dominating agro-industrial food system towards a more… Continue reading

The Zero Hunger Goal in the High Level Panel’s post-2015 Report: a missed opportunity

The UN High Level Panel on the post-2015 Development Agenda has just released the final report with recommendations to the UN member states and the Secretary General, having a clear aim to become… Continue reading

What is the value-added of the new Food Assistance Convention 2012?

We live in an age of vagueness and loose commitments regarding development and international legal enforcements, and the Food Assistance Convention (FAC) can perfectly illustrates that situation. The negotiations to review the FAC… Continue reading

A binding Food Treaty for the post-MDG consensus

During 2009, I developed with a colleague (Andrew Macmillan) the idea of a Food Treaty to fight hunger and obesity by the rule of law and we distributed the proposal to a wide… Continue reading

Debt Cancellation for Anti-hunger Programmes: ancient money for ancient problems

Picture: 1 billion USD Although I know that Debt Swap Schemes are not new at all and creditor countries have succeeding in getting the debt issue outside the limelight of financing mechanisms –… Continue reading

Features of the Food Treaty: ending hunger and obesity by the rule of law

Today, I´ll briefly summarised the most important features of the Food Treaty proposal, so as let you know its singularity and powerful hand. I´ll use bullets to facilitate the reading, so this post… Continue reading

A Food Treaty to secure food for all in the future

“Between the strong and the weak, it is freedom which oppresses and the law which sets free”  Henri-Dominique Lacordaire More than 4 billion people in the world eat in ways that damage their… Continue reading

Bread is not coal: Food out of WTO and a binding Food Treaty under the post-MDG Consensus

  The difficulties encountered during the Doha Round at the World Trade Organization (WTO) have made imperative a new debate on global food politics and the perverse effects of the current food production… Continue reading