Agriculture and food, Introduction

Agriculture, food and development

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Agriculture, food and development

General problem from a contemporary perspective

It is not by accident that this sector of economy is in the focus of the attention of environmental, alterglobalist movements: it is the most ancient human activity, it fulfils basic human needs, and still employs more than half of the world’s population. Moreover, the harmful effects of unsustainable agricultural practices and systems of distribution and consumption have a direct impact on the environment.  Read more »

Local food systems through the lens of the food crisis

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The food crisis of 2007-2008, affecting over forty countries worldwide, acted as a wake up call. It reminded the international community that – in accordance with the founding principles of food sovereignty- thriving localized food systems are essential in ensuring the food security of local populations in the face of severe food supply shocks.  Read more »