|Title||Africa’s solution to food insecurity lies in its private sector|
|Date released (year)||2012|
|Keywords/tags||Food security, private sector, corporatisation, neolioberalism|
|Link to film||http://youtu.be/R6tpxEv0jmM
|Synopsis||A short news bulletin from PressTV covering an AU conference on African food security.
It is estimated that food imports in Africa totalled 50 billion US dollars in 2010 and are projected to exceed 100 billion dollars in the next 10 years.
|Reviews/discussion||There are many proponents of the idea that the private sector should play a key role in African food security issues. http://www.voanews.com/content/obama_hosts_leaders_for_g8_nato_summit/720889.html
However, one must question the corporate interests at play here (particularly in relation to GMOs and petrochemicals) and critique the kind of interventions that are proposed (Ngwenya).
|Links to other resources||UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity-building Task Force on Trade, Environment and Development (2008) ‘Organic Agriculture and Food Security in Africa’, http://unctad.org/en/Docs/ditcted200715_en.pdf
Weldeghaber Kidane, Materne Maetz and Philippe Dardel (2006) ‘Food security and agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa: Building a case for more public support’, http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/a0627e/a0627e00.htm
For a variety of reports that are largely critical of a neoliberal approach, see:
The Africa Report: http://www.theafricareport.com/food-security.html
Food Security Portal: http://www.foodsecurityportal.org/category/category/africa
Women and urban food: www.africaportal.org/articles/2013/03/18/women-and-urban-food-insecurity-southern-africa