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Food Security

Food insecurity is linked many issues - poverty; low income; poor infrastructure (such as  transport and communication); inequitable access to land, water, credit and markets. Other issues also exacerbate food insecurity, including internal conflicts and war, natural (or human-related) disasters, such as floods and droughts. This paper presents a background to some of these most pressing global and regional food security problems and outlines some of the proposed strategies to try and tackle them. 

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Other Resources

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  • Biosafety Protocol http://www.biodiv.org/biosafety/ to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity http://www.biodiv.org 

  • Decision 8/4 Agriculture, CSD 8th Session 2000. UN Economic and Social Council. http://www.un.org/documents/ecosoc/docs/2000/e2000-29.htm#Decision%208/4 

Biosafety and GMOs

  • Biosecurity in Food and Agriculture. Committee on Agriculture 16th session . FAO e. (2001) http://www.fao.org/DOCREP/MEETING/003/X9181E.HTM

  • Hopes for the hungry dashed by a failure to inform? GMOs and poverty reduction.  Feeding the world: is there enough for everyone? Institute of Development Studies ID21, 2000.

  • http://www.id21.org/zinter/id21zinter.exe?a=0&i=2aRT1&u=3d3d51e7

  • Three Little Words. Briefing paper on the negotiations towards in International Undertaking on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. ITDG, 2000http://www.itdg.org/html/whats_new/docs/Threelittlewords.doc

  • Genetically Modified Crops, World Trade and Food Security Oxfam GB Position Paper, 1999. http://www.oxfam.org.uk/policy/papers/gmcrop.htm


  • Consumers International http://www.consumersinternational.org

  • Environics International “ Food Issues Monitor” (Consumer opinion on food issues http://www.environics.net/eil/foodissue/ and http://www.environics.net/eil/foodissue/fimbrochure.pdf


  • FAO's Dept. of Fisheries http://www.fao.org/fi

  • Internet Guide to International Fisheries Law lists all International Fisheries Agreements www.oceanlaw.net/guide.htm     

  • ICES International Council for the Exploration of the Sea www.ices.dk

  • Global Marine Strategy – World Resources Institute -  www.wri.org/facts/data-tables-oceans.html

  • Marine Ecotourism for the Atlantic Area. Planning for marine Ecotourism in the EU Atlantic Area: Good Practice Guidance http://www.tourism-research.org/METAhome.html

  • Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) http://www.enaca.org/

  • Seas at Risk - Independent non-governmental European federation of national and international env. orgs concerned with the protection and restoration of the marine envt.

  • www.seas-at-risk.org

  • World Bank Fisheries and Aquaculture Network (Fishnet) http://lnweb18.worldbank.org/essd/essd.nsf/Fisheries/Home

  • The World Fish Center ICLARM (Malaysia) http://www.iclarm.org

  • Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (Seychelles) http://www.seychelles.net/iotc 

  • International Ocean Institute (Canada) http://www.ioic.dal.ca

  • Institute for Fisheries Management & Coastal Community Development (Denmark) http://www.ifm.dk 


  • World Bank Fact Sheet on “HIV/AIDS and Development”  www.worldbank.org/ungass/factsheet.htm 

Natural resources and Ecosystems

  • Regulating biotech trade: the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Falkner, R. (2000) Royal Institute of International Affairs. International Affairs 76, 2 (2000) 288-313 www.riia.org

  • Pilot Analysis of Global Ecosystems (PAGE): Agroecosystems" International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) & World Resources Institute (WRI) (2001)" www.wri.org and http://www.igc.org/wri/wr2000/page_sample_maps/index.htm

  • Agroecosystem Report as part of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment - World Resources 2000-2001, People and Ecosystems: the fraying web of life www.wri.org and World Resources Institute case studies. WRI (2000)  www.wri.org/wri/sustag

Persistent Organic pollutants (POPs)

  • Stockholm Convention on POPs http://www.chem.unep.ch/sc/

  • Impacts of persistent organic pollutants http://www.ciel.org/POPs/popsimpacts.html 

  • IPEN (International POPS Elimination Network) http://www.psr.org/ipen/platform.htm 

  • POPs for beginners. Greenpeace http://www.greenpeace.org.au/toxics/archive/dioxin/POPS_whatis.html

  • Persistent Organic Pollutants.  Physicians for Social Responsibility http://www.psr.org/popsmonitor.pdf

  • Public Health Statement on Malaria and the Use of DDT http://www.psr.org/Malaria_DDT.htm

Poverty and Food Security

  • Overseas Development Institute's Food Security research http://www.odi.org.uk/rpeg/foodsec/frontpage.html

  • Food For All: Can hunger be halved? Madeley, J (2001)  Panos. http://www.panos.org.uk/briefing/Panos_Food_Pages.pdf

  • Participatory Action for Capacity Building and Food Security. Society for International Development http://www.sidint.org/programmes.htm

Statistics and Indicators

  • Environmental Sustainability Index - An Initiative of the Global Leaders of Tomorrow Environmental Task Force, World Economic Forum in collaboration with Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP), Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Columbia University 2001 http://www.yale.edu/envirocenter/esi/esi.html  

  • FAO Agricultural Statistics www.fao.org/fi/statist/summtab/defult.asp 

  • FAO Fisheries Statistics www.fao.org/fi/statist/summtab/default.asp

  • OECD www.oecd.org

  • The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2000. FAO 2000  http://www.fao.org/docrep/x8200e/x8200e00.htm 

  • UNEP GEO2 Overview Global Environment Outlook 2000 www.unep.org/geo2000

  • UNEP GEO3  Global Environment Outlook 3. Past, Present and Future Perspectives (2002) www.unep.org/geo/geo3

  • UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre  http://www.unep-wcmc.org

  • UNDP Human Development Report. 2001 Making new technologies work for human development 2001 http://www.undp.org/hdr2001  

  • UNDP Human Development Report 2000. Food security http://www.undp.org/hdro/food.htm 

Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development

  • Agenda 21: Chapter 14 - Promoting Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/agenda21chapter14.htm 

  • ECOSOC Multi-stakeholder dialogue on sustainable agriculture. CSD 8th session 2000. UN Economic and Social Council http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd8/asbp.htm

  • Food First. The Multiple Functions and Benefits of Small Farm Agriculture. Institute for Food and Development Policy (1999) www.foodfirst.org

  • Rural Policy and Environment Group (RPEG) Overseas Development Institute http://www.odi.org.uk/rpeg/index.html 

  • Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development: Report of the Secretary General. CSD, 8th Session 2000. UN Economic and Social Council http://www.un.org/documents/ecosoc/cn17/2000/ecn172000-5.htm  

  • Sustainable agriculture and rural development. Addendum 1: Urbanization and sustainable agricultural development. FAO CSD8  2000 UN Economic and Social Council E/CN.17/2000/7/Add.1 http://www.un.org/documents/ecosoc/cn17/2000/ecn172000-7add1.htm

  • Sustainable Agriculture and rural development. Addendum 3: Linkages between agriculture, land and water. FAO  produced for CSD 8.  2000. UN Economic and Social Council http://www.un.org/documents/ecosoc/cn17/2000/ecn172000-7add3.htm

  • Sustainable Agriculture is Productive! TWN briefing for WSSD no. 19 http://www.twnside.org.sg/title/jb19.doc 

  • Towards a sustainable future. Kofi Annan - The American Museum of Natural History's annual environmental lecture. 2002 www.joburgsummit2002.com/NewsMedia/14052002_speech.asp

Urban development

  • CSD8 Background Paper no.8: Urban Land Management and Global Sustainability. ICLEI. For UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs ECOSOC e. (2000) http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd8/asbp.htm 


  • Consumers International (1999) WTO RULES AND FOOD SECURITY, Trade Briefing Paper No. 9 August 1999 www.consumersinternational.org/roaf/wto-brief/brief9-e.html

  • Genetically Modified Crops, World Trade and Food Security Oxfam GB Position Paper 1999 http://www.oxfam.org.uk/policy/papers/gmcrop.htm 

  • Proposal for a Development Box n the WTO Agreement on Agriculture. Duncan Green, CAFOD and Shishir Priyadarshi, South Centre October 2001 http://www.cafod.org.uk/policy/devbox.htm 

  • Reaping the Whirlwind: Economic liberalisation and food security".  Chisvo, M. (2000) Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR) and Jimat Consultants, Harare http://www.ciir.org

  • WTO Agricultural Agreement http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/agric_e/agric_e.htm


  • Dialogue on food, water and agriculture. CGIAR http://www.cgiar.org/iwmi/dialogue/

  • A vision of water for food and rural development. World Water Council (2000) www.worldwatercouncil.org/Vision/Documents/WaterforFoodVisionDraft2.PDF 

  • Water for Agriculture. Integrated Water Management for Agriculture theme. CGIAR http://www.cgiar.org/iwmi/agriculture/index.htm 

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  • Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research http://www.cgiar.org  and links to summit http://www.cgiar.org/wssd/wssdhome.html

  • Food and Agricultural Organisation www.fao.org and their contribution to WSSD www.fao.org/wssd/

  • International Fund for Agricultural Development http://www.ifad.org and Popular Coalition to eradicate hunger and poverty http://www.ifad.org/popularcoalition/default.htm

  • OECD http://www.oecd.org

  • UNEP http://www.unep.org 

  • UN Habitat (Human Settlements) http://www.unhabitat.org/default.asp

  • World Bank http://www.worldbank.org

  • World Food Programme http://www.wfp.org/index2.html 

  • World Health Organisation http://www.who.org 


  • UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific http://www.unescap.org/

  • UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia http://www.escwa.org.lb/

  • UN Economic Commission for Europe http://www.unece.org

  • UN Economic Commission for Africa http://www.uneca.org/programmes_home.htm

  • UN Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean http://www.eclac.cl/default.asp?idioma=IN

Academia and Research Institutes

  • International Agricultural Centre (Netherlands) http://www.iac.wageningen-ur.nl/

  • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy http://www.iatp.org

  • International Council for Science (ICSU), www.icsu.org

  • Institute for Food and Development Policy http://www.foodfirst.org

  • International Food Policy Research Institute http://www.ifpri.cgiar.org  

  • Institute for Development Studies (University of Sussex, UK) http://www.ids.ac.uk/ids 

  • International Institute for Environment and Development www.iied.org

  • International Institute for Sustainable Development www.iisd.ca 

  • World Resources Institute www.wri.org and sustainable agriculture case studies www.wri.org/wri/sustag


  • Crop Life International. Plant Science Industry representatives promoting sustainable agriculture www.croplife.org      

  • Global Reporting Initiative http://globalreporting.org 

  • International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) http://www.agrifood.net


  • International Federation of Agricultural producers http://www.ifap.org/

  • International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) www.ifoam.org  

  • International Farmers Movement http://ns.rds.org.hn/via/

  • Overseas Development Institute http://www.odi.org.uk/

Indigenous people

  • The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) http://www.treatycouncil.org and their links to food summit +5 http://www.treatycouncil.org/new_page_5241.htm

Local Authorities

  • CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIÓN EDUCACIÓN Y DESARROLLO (Centre for research in education and development – for local authorities in rural areas) http://www.cide.cl 

  • The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) http://www.iclei.org/ 


  • World Campaign http://www.worldcampaign.net/ 


  • ANPED, the Northern Alliance for Sustainability  http://www.anped.org

  • Centre for Science and Environment http://www.cseindia.org/ 

  • CGIAR/NGO Committee - http://www.ngoc-cgiar.org/

  • FIAN – For the human right to feed oneself http://www.fian.org 

  • Genetic Resources Action International (GRAIN)  http://www.grain.org/front/index.cfm

  • The International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) http://www.icraf.cgiar.org

  • UK Agricultural Biodiversity Coalition http://www.ukabc.org/ 

Trade Unions

  • International Union of Food workers http://www.iuf.org.uk/en

  • ICFTU/TUAC  International Confederation of Free Trade Unions http://www.icftu.org  



  • International Movement of Catholic Agricultural and Rural Youth http://www.mijarc.org/index-en.htm

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Last updated: July 2002

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