Week 21: Imminent famine engages debaters

With the Ukraine war, millions of people in the world are threatened by famine, but the uncertainty surrounding the global food situation is far older than the war, according to Dagens Nyheter's editorial staff. Photo: Dennis Jarvis. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Sigrid Wernersson and Villemo Warnerfjord

An impending svältkatastrof stod högt på agenda on debate and leadership pages last week. Framförallt forwardlls Russia's blockades of ports in Ukraine as a threat to the global matförsörjningen. 

June 3, 2022, Current debate

The war in Ukraine risks causing global famine

Wheat is an important source of nutrition for millions of people. Photo: Yura Khomitskyi. Source: Unspalsh

Of: Idun Eklind

In total, Ukraine and Russia account for 30 percent of global wheat production and 20 percent of world corn production. As long as the conflict and fighting in Ukraine continue, the grain in the country will be both difficult to sow and harvest. Wheat and maize are the primary food for billions of people, and now the war in Europe's granary risks contributing to increased food security in countries in Africa and the Middle East.

April 28, 2022, News

Hunger is used as a weapon in conflict

In the Tigray region of Ethiopia, soldiers and rebels are accused of actively starving the population. Photo: Rod Waddington. Source: Flickr.

Of: Sigrid Wernersson

The number of people living on the brink of starvation is increasing drastically in the world. At the same time, hunger and starvation by civilians are used as weapons in warfare, including in the Ethiopian region of Tigray. The link between armed conflict and hunger has been highlighted by international organizations in recent years, but a new view of food as a right is needed to truly eradicate world hunger.

December 23, 2021, Chronicle

More can be done to reduce food waste

The variety of terms such as “best before”, “sell by”, “eat by”, “expires on” need simplification and tailoring to regional contexts to help reduce food waste. Photo: mnplatypus / Pixabay

Of: Alexandru Mocanu

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is calling for halving the global food waste. Although high-income economies are generally assumed to display more wasteful patterns, food waste hits the Global South the hardest.

April 26, 2021, Chronicle, Magazine

A fair climate change requires food sovereignty

Of: Fanny Skarborg Butler and Linn Rabe

World food consumption today accounts for a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions and Sweden must switch to agriculture, but the opposite is happening at EU level. We need a policy that supports a sustainable and fair conversion of the agricultural system for food sovereignty, write Fanny Skarborg Butler and Linn Rabe from Framtidsjorden.

April 6, 2021, Debate

The water in your clothes

Of: Karin Klerby

Three years ago, it was decided that the whole world would work together towards Agenda 2030. A global agenda that includes 17 sustainability goals, the sixth of which is to ensure sustainable water use and sanitation for all. During Almedalen Week, many actors gather to discuss water. Water is a local asset, but you look up a […]

July 30, 2018, Almedalen - article