Hungry billion

2008-06-06 00:00

Hunger is on the march: the chief of the World Food Programme could not have been more forthright at this week’s Rome summit. The figures are staggering: the number of people in danger of starvation is about to exceed one billion. Yet, shamefully, in industrialised countries vast quantities of edible food are thrown away.

Land restitution is a hot political topic, but it remains largely symbolic in practice, while land reform is badly neglected. Yet, unless the latter can be achieved in a way that gives farmers secure tenure and the freedom to operate independently, this country’s future food security will remain at risk. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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