Female farmers suffer from food shortages due to covid-19

Photo: ActionAid Sweden.

Of: Jennifer Vidmo

Covid-19 has left female farmers around the world in debt and hungry, while at greater risk of being subjected to violence, abuse and harassment. Many of them can not even afford seeds for the coming season. Without more local initiatives where the rights, needs and capacities of women farmers are made visible, a dangerous spiral of growing hunger and poverty risks taking off, ActionAid Sweden writes on World Hunger Day.

October 16, 2020, Analysis

Let's take control of the food

Large-scale and small-scale agriculture

Today's large - scale food production is bad for both people and the environment, writes Lisa Tover.

Of: Lisa Tover

The global food industry creates everything from hunger and devastation of rainforest to obesity and large emissions of greenhouse gases. Profit interests rule and a few giant companies completely dominate. Now we have to take back control of the food and shorten the path from farm to fork, writes Lisa Tover from the association Framtidsjorden.

June 4, 2020, Debate

Hunger should be combated with more productive agriculture in Africa

Agriculture and Inge Gerremo

Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa must be able to saturate a rapidly growing population, writes Inge Gerrremo.

Of: Inge Gerremo

The fact that hunger is brought up for discussion is very welcome. But with the huge population increase Africa is facing, African agriculture will need to increase its productivity. Something that in turn requires significant structural changes in the coming decades, writes Inge Gerremo who has worked for many years with global food supply.

March 13, 2020, Debate

Climate change is a gender equality issue!

Women in the world grow a large part of the food for their families. At the same time, they are more exposed to climate change than men.

Of: Lisa Tover

Women are 14 times more likely than men to die from natural disasters caused by climate change. At the same time, it is often women who to a large extent cultivate food and give birth to the world. It is high time that the women and non-binaries affected by climate change are heard and included, writes Lisa Tover, who is currently practicing among small farmers in Colombia.

March 6, 2020, Debate

The work of eradicating hunger must be shifted

Outside food bank in Senegal

Only when we see people living in hunger as part of the solution can we eliminate hunger, writes The Hunger Project. Photo: Johannes Odé

Of: Silvia Ernhagen

World hunger has long decreased, but in the last four years world hunger has increased again. Reports from the UN show that every ninth person now goes to bed hungry. It is a frightening development and with ten years left until Agenda 2030 is reached - and hunger eradicated - we must shift the work, writes Silvia Ernhagen on The Hunger Project.

February 27, 2020, Debate

As a Stockholmer, I have to learn from the world's small farmers

It is with the world's small farmers that the sustainable solutions exist, not with city dwellers like myself, writes guest columnist Joakim Billtén. Photo: Piqsels and CIAT (CC BY-SA)

Of: Joakim Billtén

As I grew up in a city like Stockholm, I have been gifted with a lack of feeling for where food actually comes from. As a youngster and until today, I have thought that the food actually comes from the grocery store, from a small field somewhere under the store. But of course that is not the case. When I started my internship at […]

February 25, 2020, Guest chronicle

Large-scale and foreign companies are not a solution for democracy in Africa

Farm workers out harvesting

Switching to large-scale and conventional agriculture is not the way we should go, the African groups write. Photo: Noelmcshane, Pexels

Of: Louise Lindfors

We are pleased that Professor Göran Hydén and the Expert Group for Aid Analysis raise issues of democracy in Africa. Unfortunately, we see several errors in the analysis of how we can promote democracy. It writes the Africa groups in a commentary on Göran Hydén's guest column.

January 20, 2020, Debate

Colombian peace is threatened by Swedish meat consumption

When we eat beef in Sweden, it affects the possibilities for a lasting peace in Colombia, says researcher Jairo Restrepo.

Of: Lydia Källberg Normark

There is a link between Swedish meat consumption and a lack of security in Colombia. That is the opinion of Colombian researcher Jairo Restrepo. The global food system with a focus on exports and large-scale is in the way of a fair distribution of resources - and thus a sustainable peace in Colombia.

January 16, 2020, Interview

Feelings of guilt do not create decent working conditions

It is easy to feel guilty when the workers who produced our food receive extremely low wages. But guilt does not solve any problems, writes Vsevolod Lukashenok. Photo: Bernadette Wurzinger, Pixabay

Of: Vsevolod Lukashenok

In mid-October, the global aid organization Oxfam launched a campaign for decent working conditions in the food industry. The campaign had a simple and clear structure - to serve a three-course meal for only 2 kroner. The price corresponds to the sum that the workers who have grown and picked the raw materials receive for the food served. "The world's most unfair restaurant" was Oxfam's slogan […]

November 11, 2019, Chronicle

What do you know about those who produce your food?

Many of the workers who produce our food earn so little that they themselves cannot afford to eat. In addition, many suffer from diseases after spraying crops without protective equipment. Rice plantations are sprayed here.

Of: Elin Williams

Have you bought coffee, rice or crushed tomatoes in the last week? Maybe avocado, tea or bananas? Me too. You do, of course. We live in a time where many of us attach great importance to what we eat. We know how to eat healthy, climate-smart and good. How to make a healthy brunch or […]

November 8, 2019, Guest chronicle