Food Rebellions!

Food Rebellions!

Crisis and the Hunger for Justice


'In this very timely book, two of the world's most prominent critics of the global food system, Eric Holt-Giménez and Raj Patel, dissect the causes of hunger and the food price crisis, locating them in a political economy of capitalist industrial production dominated by corporations and driven by the search for profits for the few instead of the welfare of the many. The picture that emerges is a political economy of global production that is failing badly in terms of feeding the world and is itself contributing to the spread of inequalities that promote hunger.'

Walden Bello, president of the Freedom from Debt Coalition and professor of sociology at the University of the Philippines

'I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in issues related to food distribution/markets, the current global crisis, the role of capitalism and international organisations, and hopes for an alternative future. I would also recommend, since food is such an intrinsic part of our lives, society, culture and economies, that this book be read by everyone with a concern for our present, our future, and our rights – and specifically our right to food.'

Manmeet Kaur, Development in Practice, vol 20, no. 7, September 2010

Erosion of local and national control

Food Rebellions! takes a deep look at the world food crisis and its impact on the global South and under-served communities in the industrial North. While most governments and multilateral organisations offer short-term solutions based on proximate causes, authors Eric Holt-Giménez and Raj Patel unpack the planet's environmentally and economically vulnerable food systems to reveal the root causes of the crisis. By tracking the political and economic evolution of the industrial agri-foods complex, Food Rebellions! shows us how the steady erosion of local and national control over their food systems has made African nations dependent on a volatile global market and subject to the short-term interests of a handful of transnational agri-food monopolies.

A powerful handbook

Food Rebellions! is a powerful handbook for those seeking to understand the causes and potential solutions to the current food crisis now affecting nearly half of the world's people. Why are food riots occurring around the world in a time of record harvests? What are the real impacts of agrofuels and genetically engineered crops? Whose interests are being advanced by Africa's 'new' Green Revolution? And why are the thousands of farmer-led 'islands of sustainability' flowering across the landscapes of the global South being ignored by policy-makers? What are hundreds of peasant farm organisations, civil society organisations, and concerned researchers doing about the crisis? Finally, what can you do?

Democratising food systems

Food Rebellions! suggests that to solve the food crisis, we must change the global food system — from the bottom up and from the top down. On one hand, farmers utilising sustainable approaches to production need to be supported, and farmer-to-farmer agroecological knowledge must be spread. At the same time, food and farm advocates need to work in local, national and international policy arenas to open dialogue, demand transparency and change the 'rules' currently holding back agroecological alternatives. The book frames the current food crisis as a unique opportunity to develop productive local food systems as engines for sustainable economic development. Hunger and poverty, the authors insist, can be eliminated by democratising food systems and respecting people's right to safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food and to food-producing resources — in short, by advancing food sovereignty.

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Title Food Rebellions!
Subtitle Crisis and the Hunger for Justice
Edition First Edition
Publisher Pambazuka Press
Imprint Fahamu Books
Co-publisher Food First and Grassroots International
BISAC Subject Heading POL033000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization
SOC055000 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Agriculture & Food
SOC042000 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
BIC Subject Heading KCP Political economy
KNAC Agriculture & related industries
JFFS Globalization
Audience 01 General / trade
Audience Activists, campaigners, NGO-workers, academics, journalists, commentators
Credit Fahamu Ltd
Title First Published 06 July 2009
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: KNA      93 Thema subject category: KCP      93 Thema subject category: GTQ
Format Paperback
Nb of pages XII - 266 p.
ISBN-10 1-906387-30-3
ISBN-13 978-1-906387-30-3
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781906387303
Related Formats Electronic version available as GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9781906387426
Publication Date 06 July 2009
Main content page count 266
Front matter page count (Roman) 12
Weight 418 gr
List Price £16.95
Format PDF
Nb of pages XII - 266 p.
Product Detail PDF
ISBN-10 1906387427
ISBN-13 9781906387426
Related Formats Epublication based on (print product) GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9781906387303
Publication Date 13 July 2009
Main content page count 266
Front matter page count (Roman) 12
Format Multi-item Pack
Nb of pages
Reference no. BUNPDF9781906387303
Weight 418 gr
List Price £26.90

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