Today is World Hunger Day, an opportunity to remind ourselves how the global system fails so many in securing basic, necessary resources. Increasingly hunger and food insecurity is not just the problem of a few pockets of starvation but how global free-market capitalism continually re-creates food insecurity, as seen by the food price spike caused by commodity speculation after the 2008 financial crisis.
The struggle for food security, economic justice and human dignity continues. We particularly recommend the World Development Movement and War on Want for further action, information and resources. Below are some of our top books on the topic, each coming from its own perspective and advocating different solutions. We hope they will stimulate, inform and, most importantly, inspire action.
1. The Global Hunger Crisis: Tackling Food Insecurity in Developing Countries, Majda Bne Saad
Tackling Food Insecurity in Developing Countries
Majda Bne Saad
Deeply informative study which identifies the causes for global hunger embedded in the current global political and economic system.
“This book should be mandatory reading for anyone who mistakenly believes that the global hunger crisis is over.” – Stephen Devereux, Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.
2. Making Peace with the Earth, Vandana Shiva
Demolishes the myths of corporate globalisation and shows its devastating environmental impact.
“One of the world’s most prominent radical scientists.” – The Guardian
3. The Fair Trade Revolution, Edited by John Bowes. Foreword by Mary Robinson
Edited by John Bowes. Foreword by Mary Robinson
A lively survey of Fair Trade and the challenges facing it, written by some of the leading lights in the Fair Trade movement.
“Fairtrade has brought considerable benefits to millions of the poor, but is still in its infancy. This highly readable account will help Fairtrade to grow and for the benefits to spread to millions more.” – John Madeley, co-author 50 Reasons to Buy Fair Trade
“This book provides an insightful and important analysis of the development of the Fair Trade movement worldwide, built around the experiences and perspectives of several of the key individuals who led the way.” – Mary Robinson, from the foreword
4. Invisible Giant: Cargill and Its Transnational Strategies, Brewster Kneen
Cargill and Its Transnational Strategies
Using Cargill as the focus for his study, Kneen clearly illustrates the philosophy and practice of Trans National Corporations.
5. Let Them Eat Junk: How Capitalism Creates Hunger and Obesity, Robert Albritton
How Capitalism Creates Hunger and Obesity
A thorough explanation of how the capitalist system creates simultaneous hunger and obesity.
“Marx understood the dynamics of the current food crisis over a century ago. Robert Albritton has written a fine primer, bridging the best thinking of the nineteenth century to the urgent needs of the twenty-first.” – Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved
“Let Them Eat Junk pulls no punches in its analysis of the contradictions of 21st Century food systems. To understand how starvation and obesity can coexist in the same populations, follow the flow of capital. Everyone who cares about food equity and the preservation of democracy should read this book.” – Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, author of Food Politics (2003)