Hunger explained?

Hunger explained?


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Last update:    August 2022

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 sustainable world without hunger. [read more]


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A. MacMillan’s book, How to End Hunger in Times of Crises is now available here in ebook format and here in pdf format.


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A techno-economic solution to fix the problems of our food systems.



Opinions: Out of Africa: Rich continent, poor people 

by Jomo Kwame Sundaram

The natural resources curse, capital flight, tax evasion, clientelism, “good governance” and economic liberalisation, result in the plundering of Africa. 



Opinions: Sanctions Now Weapons of Mass Starvation

by Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram.

Sanctions against Russia for its illegal invasion of Ukraine have not achieved their declared objectives. Instead, they are worsening economic stagnation and inflation worldwide, and exacerbating hunger, especially in Africa.  [read]


Opinions: From vanguard to rearguard - When econo-mystics

categorize reality as an uncertainty 

by Materne Maetz.

Econo-mystics wish to preserve the prime role of economics, while physical, biological and political sciences and law have gained an expanded explanatory power of reality



Ukraine war and food crisis: facts and debates

Nature and causes of the crisis, food as weapon, impacts and possible solutions.



Facts and figures on world food insecurity and malnutrition - Food insecurity is on the rise, a consequence of the current food crisis  (New)

Food insecurity and hunger continue to rise worldwide, as a result of the combined effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and of the mismanagement of the global food system, soon amplified by the disturbances created by the Ukraine war. [read]


Opinions: Neo-Colonial Currency Enables French Exploitation  (New)

by Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram.

Colonial-style currency board arrangements have enabled continuing imperialist exploitation decades after the end of formal colonial rule. Neo-colonial monetary systems persist despite modest reforms. [read]


In the media: food crisis and invasion of Ukraine: what happened to Africa?  (New)

The ghastly war in Ukraine has been prisented in the media as the main cause of the global food crisis, Africa being prophesised as its prime victim. However, to this date, no boat left Ukraine to bring cereals to Subsaharan Africa. [read]