Hunger explained?

Hunger explained?


Topical issue of the week: Inequality

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Last update:    December 2019

I'm a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will. (Antonio Gramsci)

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The ambition of this site, created in June 2013, is to try and inform on the food issue and to debunk myths on hunger (More on myths on hunger...) so that the honest citizens of the XXIst century that we are, are able to better understand the world around us and act in order to change it and make a reality of the utopia of a world without hunger. [read more]


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Our headlines:

Urbanisation of hunger: the rural drift drives hunger to the cities

Once in the cities, most rural migrants are very vulnerable. More than 60% of the money they earn will go straight into the purchase of food.



The dangers of a “partial” impact analysis: the example of a study on the impact of a 100% conversion to organic farming in England and Wales

The critical review of this study illustrates how difficult it is to analyse all dimensions of the food transition and how limiting the scope of research impairs the message sent to decision-makers and the public at large. [read]


In Europe, one of the richest regions in the world, more than one person out of six lives in poverty   (New)

Women, mostly alone, children and a growing number of working-age adults live in poverty and isolation.



Do forgotten crops have a part to play in the transition towards a more sustainable and climate friendly food system?   (New)

Over the last century, history of agriculture has been one of impoverishment of the genetic base of food. Recently, there has been a renewed interest for “forgotten crops”.



Turmoil in the world of seeds    (New)

Rich and poor countries oppose on the use of agricultural biodiversity. In the absence of an agreement during the Eighth Session of the International Seed Treaty, the plundering of genetic resources may quietly and comfortably continue…



Denigrating farmers is choosing the wrong target: advocacy for French farmers   (New)

Who is really responsible for the ills for which the rest of the French population is accusing farmers?  Looking back at history will help to answer this question without any hesitation.