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Farewell to Food Riots?

It has been a good year by the generally dismal standards of world food security.

The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation reports that perennial hunger hotspots – Bangladesh, Ghana, Nicaragua – have halved under-nourishment in… more

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Help yourself to some food rights

Naomi Hossain, Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies

 

You need to know you have a right before you can claim it. So do people at risk of hunger think they have a right to food? What does a right to food mean,… more

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Kenya is ill-prepared for another global food price spike

By Celestine Musembi and Patta Scott-Villiers

Kenya is not prepared for another spike in global and regional food prices.

Having researched the policy responses to the price spikes of 2008 and… more

The politics of the gut and a recipe for riot

Naomi Hossain, Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies

The Bangladeshi elite took to the streets this weekend to protest food adulteration. It’s an admirable campaign, and unusual in that for once the… more

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What do we know about food riots and their link to food rights? Some interesting new findings from IDS

Duncan Green, strategic adviser for Oxfam GB

Went off to a rain-drenched Institute of Development Studies last week for one of… more

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Reading riots

Naomi Hossain, Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies

For researchers of popular politics, at least, it is no curse to live in interesting times. The past weeks have seen:

  • The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) recognition… more

The Long Shadow of Famine

Naomi Hossain, Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies

Gobindalal Das was a young journalist when in 1974 he watched a passenger jump out of a train at the northern… more

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The K’dogo Economy: Food Rights and Food Riots on Harambee Avenue

Patta Scott-Villiers, Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies

Lucy strokes the head of one of her two shiny children and hustles them out of the rough wooden door with their school… more

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Fair markets and food prices – images from North Bengal

Naomi Hossain, Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies

A couple of days ago I wrote about the long shadow that the 1974 famine is still casting in Bangladesh today. While things have changed for… more

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The crisis of Brazilian democracy, as seen from Mozambique

Alex Shankland, Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies

I’ve been in Maputo for the last few days, working with colleagues at IESE on some research into the riots that brought this city… more