Glopolis is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization which focuses on the analysis of economic globalization, trade, development, agriculture and climate change.

Food Security

The Glopolis Food security program was introduced in the spring of 2007. For several years Glopolis has concentrated on a) providing information on the causes of chronic hunger, the human right to food and the various dimensions of food security and b) reinforcing the coherence of European agricultural, trade, energy and investment policies with development efforts in developing countries.

Since 2013, Glopolis has focused mainly on the transformation of food systems to ensure that they are fairer and more globally sustainable.

The program aims to generate direct and informed action in the North but also, and this is new for Glopolis, in the South.

In the North

Our current key focus is responsible food consumption. Glopolis works to raise awareness and promote action on responsible food choices and food production models in the Czech Republic and Europe. The main subjects are

• food waste
• palm oil
• import of feedstuff and meat consumption

In the South

With the aim of supporting direct changes where they are most needed, Glopolis supports the efforts of African rice producers to grow sufficient rice for the region (as it is the number one staple food) and become less dependent on imports. The aim of our project is to enhance the capacities of rice producers to influence the management of the rice value chain and advocate at the regional and national level.

The way we work:

• We engage in public awareness and global education programs. We work with journalists, schools, teachers and students throughout the Czech Republic. Learn more by checking out our World on a Plate - AlimenTerre - Film Festival AlimenTerre, our We Won’t Accept Hunger campaign and our Food in Art school competition.

• We also engage with actors of change (CSOs, business, farmers). We facilitate access and the exchange of information on progressive initiatives. For example, see our newsletter on the prevention of food waste MaPPP or the outcomes of our multi-stakeholder events.

• Finally, we are also involved in policy debates with the aim of making policies at the Czech and EU levels more coherent with development and in particular the right to food. More information on European efforts through CONCORD to make policies (CAP, biofuels) fairer towards developing countries can be found here.

Contact

Aurèle Destrée
Head of Programme
destree@glopolis.org

Christine Maritzová
Analyst
maritz(a)glopolis.org

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International Year of Family Farming Campaign

http://www.familyfarmingcampaign.net/

European Food Declaration

http://www.europeanfooddeclaration.org/

Articles

Struggling smallholders

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The current state of food security in Kenya is ironic. The country has the most advanced economy in East Africa; yet, almost one-half of the Kenyan population lives below the poverty line, and many depend on food aid. Signing a new trade agreement with the European Union may make matters worse.

The Impacts of Biofuel Production in Developing Countries

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In recent years African countries have enjoyed interest from abroad, thanks in part to a great amount of available land apparently ideal for cultivating crops for providing food security and for the production of biofuels.

Seminar on Food Security and Hunger in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Seminar on Food Security and Hunger in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Glopolis, People in Need and the United Information Centre in Prague organized the international seminar „Food Security and Hunger in the Post-2015 Development Agenda with Focus on Responsible Agricultural Investment".

Something rotten in the food system

Produkce rýže v Beninu

Poverty, not scarcity of food is the cause of hunger. The current world trade order is skewed against the interests of the needy. Change is required at all levels and small-scale farms matter most.

Policy Coherence for Development and the Common Agricultural Policy

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Glopolis has released a study focusing on the impacts and coherence of  the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)  with the EU development policy, with a detailed look on the role of the Czech agricultural sector and the Czech agrarian foreign trade.

The Risks and Opportunities of Renewable Energy in East Africa

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What is the role of renewable energy sources – especially biomass, biogas and biofuels – in Africa? Can renewable energy sources make a significant contribution to future development in Africa? What are the pitfalls and obstacles to renewable energy sources in Africa and what is the outlook for change? Answers to these and other questions were sought by Glopolis during the week from 12 March till 15 March during which a series of seminars and discussions for students, professionals and the general public were held. The keynote speaker was Francis Namu Njoka, a renewable energy expert from Kenya.

Focus on the milk revolution

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Livestock is a sector on the move. Population in the global South are increasingly shifting consumption towards meat and dairy products. This growing demand is the main trigger of the so-called „livestock revolution“ , an important opportunity for pro-poor growth. Yet, the dairy sector on which this article focusesis the one often reported to be undermined by Europeanmilk powder exports. At the moment of reforming the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), what is the situation and where are we heading to?

Food Sovereignty As a Way to Achieve Food Security

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Small steps in the Czech Republic towards sustainable agricultural production and consumption. 

Feeding the one billion hungry. Where shall we start?

The article insists on the importance of participation of farmer organizations from developing countries in the definition of European aid to agriculture. It describes the action lead by a European group of NGOS in asking Eva Joly, chair of the European Parliament´s Development Committee for increased dialogue with Southern civil society.

The milk crisis reveals the need for production quotas

Governments are therefore sounding the alarms. Twenty Member States are even coming to the Council with a joint declaration on an approach to the fight against the milk crisis.

Thirteenth Chamber of the Czech Presidency

On a Sunday morning of June, a couple hundred of people walked the streets of Prague against child hunger, in solidarity with other 330,000 people across the planet. Dying of hunger in the 21st century, which is the case of a young child every six seconds, is no less than a violation of human rights.

Open letter to G8 Agri Ministers’ Meeting in Treviso

The Italian Province of Treviso will be hosting this week the first G8 Agriculture Ministers' Meeting in the history. Ministers will discuss concrete proposals for strengthening world food security.

Meeting of African and Czech farmers

On 9th April 2009, four African farmer organization representatives from Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali and Niger together with European NGOs (SOS Faim, Glopolis, CFSI) visited three farms in Southern Bohemia, Czech Republic: family farm in Přísečná, family farm in Chlumeček and a cooperative in Brloh.

Lunch debate: Ending food crisis with small scale farmers

On 7th April 2009 organized Glopolis in cooperation with two other European NGOs: SOS Faim Belgium and CFSI France and their 4 African partners: Bassiaka Dao (CPF-Burkina Faso), Abdou Hima (PFPN-Niger), Souleymane Keita (CNOP-Mali), Nadjirou Sall (FONGS-Sénégal) a lunch debate as a side event of the official EU ACP JPA, in the premises of the JPA.  

Answering the crisis - which way to go?

Article based on the keynote speech of Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, to the conference “The food crisis, one year on. How to achieve food security for all?” organized by Glopolis and Heinrich Boll Stiftung on March 4th, 2009.

Interview with an expert on agricultural economy and policy

An interview of Klara Bratova, an external redactor of Český rozhlas 6 with the participant of the conference The global food crisis, one year on. How to achieve food security for all? Daniel de la Torre Ugarte, Professor and Associate Director of Agricultural Policy and Analysis Center of the University of Tennessee about current situation on food security.

Publications

Palm oil certification - from partnerships to sustainability

Glopolis issued a publication on certified palm oil called „Palm Oil Certification - from partnerships to sustainability.“


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Booklet How our plates make the world go round

Glopolis released a booklet titled How our plates make the world go round.

How the world makes our plates go round

Myths and Legends From the Unknown World

Glopolis releases a publication focused on myths connected with developing countries.

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Briefing paper: Limited Access of Small-Scale Food Producers to Markets in Africa

Glopolis issued an introductory briefing paper called „Limited Access of Small-Scale Food Producers to Markets in Africa: What Should Be Changed?“

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Briefing: Responsible agricultural investment

In the occasion of Committe on World Food Security session in Rome Glopolis is publishing a briefing on responsible agricultural investment which is one of the main issues discussing during this forum.

Family farmers for sustainable food systems

A synthesis of reports by African farmers´ regional networks on models of food production, consumption and markets

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Food Security and Agricultural Trade in Kenya

Glopolis issued a new study „Food Security and Agricultural Trade in Kenya: the Impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) on Food Security of Poor Kenyans“.

Food Security and Agricultural Trade in Kenya

Understanding Food Prices in Kenya Study

Glopolis  issued a new study on food prices in Kenya.

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The Czech Republic: a small player in a big field. How to trade better in favor of food security

A new infosheet of Glopolis cotributing to the debate on coherence of Common Agricultural Policy with development goals of the European Union.

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Fact sheet: Factors for ensuring food security in Africa

Glopolis has published anew fact sheet on factors for ensuring food security in Africa.

Factors for ensuring food security in Africa

Women and Agriculture in Africa

Glopolis issued new briefing paper on the role of women in African agriculture.

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Biofuels - Food or Fuel?

Glopolis issued a briefing paper related to the issue of biofuels.

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Land Grabs in Africa

Glopolis issued a Land Grabs in Africa - Threat to Food Security paper.

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Hunger - The nightmare of millions

Glopolis issued a briefing paper focusing on the roots and characteristic of hunger in the world.

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Globalization and Development

Glopolis issued a collection of essays Globalization and Development.

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Prague NGO Declaration: Transforming the world in crisis

Participants of the conference The world in crisis: Economies and policies for global transformation, have discussed for three days in Prague the root causes, impacts and responses to the financial crises, economic meltdown, climate change, mismanagement of natural resource use, increasing inequity and volatile food and oil prices from the systemic perspective of the world's poor and vulnerable.

Money, Energy and Food under Control

Glopolis published a new study Money, Energy and Food under Control - The Responses of the Czech EU Presidency to the Global Crisis and Poverty.

World in Crisis: Securing economies and resources for poor countries

Glopolis and ActionAid present their joint reaction to the official programme of the Czech Presidency. 

Food or Fuel?

New briefing paper of Glopolis Food or Fuel? The potential of biofuels to put millions of poor people at risk and cause irreversible environmental damage.