In a world that produces enough food for everyone, why are some living with excess and others with nothing?  The seminar today presented the major challenges of fixing the world’s broken food system.  The three challenges were:  sustainable food production (feeding 9 billion people without destroying the planet), equity (to address inequities among producers and the consumers), and resilience (managing risks and reducing vulnerability to local and global levels).  They then gave suggestions for international reform followed by a call for action, in order to remedy this broken system.  Reforming the food aid system, regular inspections, and capitalizing on (or making the most of) the new global climate were among the suggestions given.  The actions called for were given in regards to the fact that hunger, poverty, and vulnerability are concentrated in rural areas. Thus, these were expanding social protection and developing comprehensive strategies to reduce hunger.  If we work together, we work towards ‘growing a better future‘.

‘We need to address the question of global hunger not as one of production only, but also as one of marginalization, deepening inequalities, and social injustice. We live in a world in which we produce more food than ever before, and in which the hungry have never been as many.’  ~Olivier de Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food at the FAO Conference, November 2000

In this day and age, with an abundance of food,  it is unacceptable that so few have so much and so many have so little.  I believe that this inequality of distribution of food is an effect of the capitalist system, which is based on inequality and the assumption that there must be rich and poor for the system to function properly.  Therefore, if we want to live in a world where everyone has access to food we ought to oppose the capitalist system that creates poverty and contributes to the inequality of food distribution.

‘… nowadays when it comes to the rains sometimes you get too much and it destroys the crops. Sometimes you don’t get any at all and the crops just wilt. If that happens, you don’t have any food the next year. About the rains, I don’t know what we can do.’
~Killa Kawalema, farmer, Malawi