World Food Day – Time to remember the politics of Hunger.
Time to have a look at the massive issue of Hunger, the face of Poverty.
Irish NGOs believe that tackling hunger in the longer term can only be achieved by tackling the underlying social, political and economic causes of poverty and vulnerability.
Many donors get very excited about technical fixes to the issue of Hunger. In this line of thinking, world hunger can be solved by increasing food production, through technical means (e.g. improved seeds,
We in the Irish Development NGO movement would argue, however, that Hunger is about much more than not having enough to eat. In fact, now and in the past, Hunger is a political problem, and a problem that can be solved through political means.
“Hunger” is not about an absence of food. Hunger is about poor people not being able to access food in sufficient quantity and of sufficient quality – Either because they cannot afford it or because they cannot physically get to it (eg. in situations of conflict).
In consequence, programmes that aim to eradicate the scandal of Hunger must address issues not just of availability, but of access. And those more often than not relate to political, not technical issues.
That, in itself, is not a problem. We just need to acknowledge the political nature of what we do, and act accordingly.
- World Food Day.ie
- Hunger, the face of poverty (Dóchas briefing paper)
- The new Green Revolution for Africa(Dóchas paper)
- Hunger, a political problem (blog post)
- Hunger is much more than not having enough to eat (blog post)
- Lessons learned from droughts (blog post)
- Singing the praise of the humble potato (blog post)
- Solving world hunger means solving world poverty
- The ‘keepers of seed’: The impact of the ‘Green Revolution’ in Africa on female farmers
- Are we ready for ‘Climate Smart Agriculture’? (2014)
- 30 years ago, a news video shocked the world – Here’s what we learned about Famine since then. (2014)
Entry filed under: Development Effectiveness. Tags: Africa, Agricultural techniques, Agriculture, Aid, Famine, GM food, Hunger, Irish NGOs, Land Reform, MDGs, Millennium Development Goals, Overseas aid, Politics, seeds, Smart Aid, World Food Day.