About food FIRST

After decenniums of neglect in the governance discourse of governments and national and international institutions, the past three years have shown a revaluation of the primary process of agriculture. The sudden increase in food prices in 2008 and in 2010, the effects of this on the food situation in several southern countries, and the political unrest that accompanied that have worked as a wakeup call. By now, it is clear that we have to make considerable investments in order to prevent that food prices will double over the next twenty years. At the same time, food scarcity – being one of the new scarcities – has appeared to have an explosive potential for the political agenda for global cooperation and peace. Food is a fuse underneath a workable world order. This interconnectedness in one scheme:

These, and similar considerations lay at the basis of the Food First program that was initiated in 2007 and has since acquired support. In 2010 this initiative connected with the Floriade 2012, to form the Platform Food First-Floriade 2012.

Antecedents

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Around foodFIRST

18 Apr 2018 | Kamerbrief over accenten in het voedselbeleid voor de komende jaren
Minister Schouten (LNV) en staatssecretaris Blokhuis (VWS) informeren de Tweede Kamer over het voedselbeleid en de specifieke accenten die zij hierin ...

21 Mar 2018 | Een woord van advies aan Minister Kaag: wees kritisch op de NGO middle man
Afrikaanse vrouwen worden door westerse NGO's te veel als slachtoffer geframed binnen de discussie over hun Seksuele Reproductieve Gezondheid en Recht ...

20 Mar 2018 | Africa's Free-Trade Future
With the launch of the African Union's long-awaited Continental Free Trade Area this month, African leaders have an opportunity to set their countries ...

16 Mar 2018 | Food Security's Social Network
The number of chronically undernourished people in the world is rising again, as crises like climate change and violent conflict weaken food security. ...

5 Feb 2018 | The AU-EU Summit, migration, mobility and youth
The way migration and mobility will be managed politically and accommodated economically will be a defining factor for the future of Africa and of Eur ...

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Available for download: FoodFirst on the Floriade Venlo 2012, the illustrated short report of the foodFIRST conferences in 2012.

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