Shalmali Guttal

Cornell University, 17 October 2012Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South 

Thank you very much to the LDPI for inviting me to give this address.  I am with Focus on the Global South, and also representing the Land Research Action Network (LRAN).  I would like to share with you some thoughts about what I consider to be important issues for this conference.

“Naming” the Problem

On World Food Day, it is estimated that almost a billion people around the world are now suffering from hunger and malnutrition - a dramatic rise in number since the soaring food prices over the last three years.  Of these, about half are estimated to live in smallholder farming households, while roughly two-tenths are landless, another tenth are pastoralists, fisherfolk, and forest users, and the remainder live in the cities. This crisis of world hunger is set to deepen as livelihood resources such as land and water continue to be transferred from such groups to the financially powerful in ever larger areas and longer timeframes. 

Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South. April 2011*

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