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Concentration and monopolisation of seed market: Impact on food security and farmer’s rights in mountains.
Upreti, Bishnu Raj
The common proverb “Save seed in famine and save life in crowd” has even more relevance in the context of corporate globalisation and privatisation of genetic resources. This statement vividly highlights the importance of plant genetic resources in sustaining production system, respecting farmer’s rights and protecting national sovereignty of country of origin of those genetic resources. Protection, promotion and sustainable use of genetic resources for food and agriculture have even specific importance to secure local control over food production, distribution and utilisation system. Therefore, seed has an imperative economic prospect, socio-cultural value, political essence and continuation of viable production system. Download from: Mountain Forum
Post-harvest management strategies, drought vulnerability and food security
Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe
The major impacts of drought for agro-pastoral households are reduced crop yield, food shortage, loss of income and consequently, the inability to meet daily food needs. However, post-harvest management practices in preceding non-drought seasons can contribute to alleviating the effects of drought by ensuring future food availability and accessibility. Available for purchase from: Taylor and Francis Books
Rist, Stephan
In: Delgado Burgoa JMF, Escobar Vásquez C, editors. Innovación tecnológica soberanía y seguridad alimentaría. La Paz, Bolivia: Editores Plural, pp 9-12
Innovación Tecnológica, Soberanía y Seguridad Alimentaría
Delgado, Freddy
This book presents a critical analysis of the potentials and constraints of past and present models of developing agrarian innovations. These innovations had low to non-existent impacts on the sovereignty and security of food production. They focused on linking indigenous food production to a market economy that was not able to guarantee reasonable prices to farmers, preventing them from covering production costs and basic needs for their livelihoods. The attempt to overcome this one-sided policy in order to develop agrarian innovations in the context of a dialogue among scientific, indigenous and popular forms of knowledge was presented as an institutional experience developed by AGRUCO. This experience was developed during the last 15 years with active support from the Centre for Development and Environment, NCCR North-South and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Read an extensive account of the book launch by Stephan Rist
Food Insecurity, conflict and livelihood threats in Nepal
Adhikari , Jaganath
This chapter examines the food security situation in Nepal and the impact of the recent armed conflict on the food security situation. It argues that food security is understood in different ways and that definitions have changed over time, as these definitions are influenced by different factors – both subjective and objective, and domestic and international. Based on the analysis, some recommendations are made as to how to improve the food security situation in times of conflict, during normal times and in the context of globalisation. In: Upreti BR, Müller-Böker U, editors. Livelihood Insecurity and Social Conflict in Nepal. Kathmandu: South Asia Coordination Office, pp 73-130. Download
Food Security - Where we are (current status) and where we want to go (way forward)
Suleri, Abid Qaiyum
This publication first draws a global picture of food security and examines why food prices have soared. Later, it analyses the Pakistan situation accounting for all of the following aspects of food security: Food availability, access to food, food absorption and sustainability of availability and access. Ultimately, it looks at ways to improve the availability of food at affordable prices. Download