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Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security: The Impact of Globalisation

Vandana Shiva (Editor) Gitanjali Bedi (Editor)
Synopsis Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) and the agreement on agriculture, both part of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), have critical implications regarding food security and the right to livelihood for most developing countries. This is because the vast majority of the peoples of these countries derive their food entitlements primarily by producing food themselves. This important volume explores many important facets concerning the inter-linked issues of globalisation, the environment, livelihoods and food security in the developing world. The contributors maintain that the sustainable use of natural resources such as land and water requires that their ownership lie with decentralised agricultural communities. This is the optimum way to generate employment, provide food and conserve natural resources while protecting agricultural biodiversity. They argue that globalisation, particularly as expressed through the WTO, is conversely threatening the very foundations of Third World agrarian economies and hence could condemn millions of small and marginal farmers to perpetual poverty while seriously damaging the environment and biodiversity. The contributors call for immediate action in order to halt the march of the forces of globalisation which are manifested in many ways including large-scale farming, agribusiness, the entry of multinational corporations, the patenting of plants and seeds, and the demand that Third World governments end subsidies to agriculture and close down public distribution systems. The essays are grouped in six sections: Globalisation and food security. The impact of trade liberalisation. Corporatisation of agriculture. Globalisation of food insecurity. Corporate monopolies on life. Food rights and food responsibilities. The impact of globalisation is demonstrated through revealing case studies drawn from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Latin America. Covering a wide range of issues crucial to the very survival of millions of the world’s poor, this forcefully argued volume constitutes an important contribution to on-going debates. It will attract the attention of all those—particularly students, scholars and activists—who are interested in agricultural economy, the impact of globalisation, food security, the environment, and development issues.
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About the author

Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental thinker and activist. A leader in the International forum on Globalization (IFG) along with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin and the Slow Food movement. Shiva won the Alternative Nobel Prize (the Right Livelihood Award) in 1993. Director of Navdanya and the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy, she is the author and editor of many books, including Manifestos on the Future of Food & Seed (South End Press, 2007), Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace (South End Press, 2005), Globalization's New Wars: Seed, Water & Life Forms (Women Unlimited 2005), Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit (South End Press, 2002), Protect Plunder? Understanding intellectual Property Rights (Zed Books, 2001), Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply (South End Press, 2000), Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge (South End Press, 1997), Ecofeminism (co-authored with Maria Mies, Kali for Women, Zed Books, 1993), The Violence of the Green Revolution (Zed Books, 1992), and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development in India (Kali for Women, 1988). Before becoming an activist, Vandana Shiva was one of India's leading physicists.

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Title Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security: The Impact of Globalisation
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 761995439
length 513p., Tables; Figs; Illustration; 23cm.