Hunger elimination versus food security

Read an interesting article this morning about India’s and malnutrition which is fitting as I get ready to go to the Policies Against Hunger conference in Berlin.

The article is called: “What we need is not a food security Bill but a hunger elimination Act”

Some of the solutions or ideas proposed in the article are perhaps oversimplified but one thought really resonated as the G8 gears up to “beat hunger”: “Anti-poverty measures/programmes are unlikely to solve the malnutrition problem.” I think this is a key point and often agricultural investment is framed not as a process to ensure greater food outputs to feed people (as often investment in agriculture is directed towards non-edible commodities), but as poverty reduction measures that will give people income that will allow them to purchase food.



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