Friday, July 25, 2008

Lessons from the food crisis: patchwork will not mend our vulnerable system

From the South Centre Bulletin, It concludes that:
  • sustainable agriculture for domestic food security, meeting the needs of local markets and supporting local farmers must be prioritised
  • the limits of the industry-led agri-food market must be recognised and more than short-term buffers for the poor must be put in place
  • seed aid and provision of fertiliser is rightly being advocated as an immediate answer to the current food crisis but in the medium-long term it is not a solution for seed security and may create more problems than it solves, such as distorting farmers local seed systems