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.