World hunger is a terrible symptom of world poverty. The World Bank estimates that the spike in global food prices in 2008, followed by the global economic recession in 2009 and 2010 has pushed between 100-150 million people into poverty. If efforts are only directed at providing food, or improving food production or distribution, then the structural root causes that create hunger, poverty and dependency would still remain. And so while continuous effort, resources and energies are deployed to relieve hunger through these technical measures, the political causes require political solutions as well.
The main topic of this edition is about "Investment in agriculture". Aksel Naerstad, policy officer of Norwegian Development fund gives us a first analysis on the recent trends in the investment in agriculture. The edition brings other articles on various issues that we are engaged globally such as the World Committee on Food Security , preparatory meeting of the World Youth Day and so on. You can also read the report on the actions and activities of our continental and national movements.