The global food crisis


Public Lecture at the University of Turin, Italy 21 May 2008

This is not a sudden and unexpected crisis: the signs have been around for some time now. Even though international bureaucrats have been referring to the current problems in the world food situation as “a silent tsunami”, the truth is that this one could easily have been seen to be coming. Even so, its impact has been powerful and already quite devastating, as food shortages and rapidly rising prices of food have adversely affected billions of people, especially the poor in the developing world.

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