About food FIRST

After decenniums of neglect in the governance discourse of governments and national and international institutions, the past three years have shown a revaluation of the primary process of agriculture. The sudden increase in food prices in 2008 and in 2010, the effects of this on the food situation in several southern countries, and the political unrest that accompanied that have worked as a wakeup call. By now, it is clear that we have to make considerable investments in order to prevent that food prices will double over the next twenty years. At the same time, food scarcity – being one of the new scarcities – has appeared to have an explosive potential for the political agenda for global cooperation and peace. Food is a fuse underneath a workable world order. This interconnectedness in one scheme:

These, and similar considerations lay at the basis of the Food First program that was initiated in 2007 and has since acquired support. In 2010 this initiative connected with the Floriade 2012, to form the Platform Food First-Floriade 2012.

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Available for download: FoodFirst on the Floriade Venlo 2012, the illustrated short report of the foodFIRST conferences in 2012.

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