MDGs Briefing: Halving Hunger Through Investment in Small Farmers

MDGs Briefing: Halving Hunger Through Investment in Small Farmers

Briefing for ActionAid (March 2010)

For the first time in history, more than one billion people – one-sixth of humanity – are hungry. The world is moving further away from meeting the Millennium Development Goal target to halve hunger by 2015. Governments and donors are not spending enough on services that really matter to poor farmers such as low-cost credit and public agricultural extension services. This briefing outlines how they must reinvest in smallholder farmers.

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Assessing Progress Towards the African Union’s 10 Per Cent Budget Target for Agriculture

Assessing Progress Towards the African Union’s 10 Per Cent Budget Target for Agriculture

Report for ActionAid (June 2009)

This report assesses government progress towards achieving the targets set by the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). It finds that the overwhelming majority of African governments are failing to meet their commitments to spend 10 per cent of national budgets on agriculture and to double spending on research and development. Donors are also failing to meet their aid commitments to African agriculture.

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The Global Food Crisis and Fairtrade: Small Farmers, Big Solutions?

The Global Food Crisis and Fairtrade: Small Farmers, Big Solutions?

Report for the Fairtrade Foundation (February 2009)

This report analyses the challenges faced by the world’s 450 million smallholder farmers as a result of the food price crisis. It considers the effects of the crisis on fairtrade producers around the world, asking whether fairtrade producers are in a better position to cope with price volatility. The report includes a case study of Uganda, based on field research and interviews with coffee, tea and vanilla growers.

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The Crisis in Agricultural Aid: How Aid has Contributed to Hunger

The Crisis in Agricultural Aid: How Aid has Contributed to Hunger

Paper for ActionAid (September 2008)

This paper is an analysis of overseas aid to agriculture, showing how aid levels have dramatically declined over the past two decades, how the focus of aid spending is not geared to the needs of poor farmers and how aid has been used to push a neo-liberal economic model of agriculture that has increased poverty and hunger.

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Deadly Combination: The Role of Southern Governments and the World Bank in the Rise of Hunger

Deadly Combination: The Role of Southern Governments and the World Bank in the Rise of Hunger

Report for Norwegian Church Aid and Aprodev European NGO Network (February 2007)

This detailed report is an analysis of the impact on hunger-prone people of the economic reforms promoted by the World Bank and IMF over the past 15 years. It contains a synthesis report plus case studies on Ethiopia, Malawi and Zambia. It argues that both World Bank liberalisation policies and many government intervention policies are, in their messy, unstrategic combination, serving to increase hunger.

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