Africa and the global food crisis
par Olivier De schutter (30 de septiembre de 2009)
voir le site du CETRI
AFROLINE : In 2007 and 2008 Africa was subject to growing riots, due to the booming food prices. In the second semester of 2008, prices registered a 40 per cent decrease, but in the last few months they have started going up once more. Is Africa protected from another food crisis ?
OLIVIER DE SCHUTTER : We cannot understand the tragedy of hunger based only on the evolution of food prices on international markets. By focusing on these aspects alone, we ignore all the problems related to the production chain and to the distribution of food. Poor people in African countries do not buy rice or manioc on the Chicago Stock Exchange, but in local markets or village shops ; producers sell the goods to intermediates, and not to the international market.