"Towards a Food Secure Future".
I have a lot of time for Human Development Reports. I think they offer a nice counterpoint to World Development Reports, and the regional reports really offer a chance for regional voices to be heard and for national politics to come into the picture. And the topic of food security is one that I very deeply care about.
There is much to like about the Report. It offers a more nuanced position on agriculture, income generation and nutrition; on empowerment, accountability, commitment, and resilience. I like the language of nutrition as a bridge from agriculture to human development.
But it is depressing to see the the last chapter in a good report (yet again) be about "Empowerment for Justice, Gender Equity and Food for Everyone".
It should be the first chapter, not the last. It should set the stage for everything else in the Report.
It should show us how food insecurity comes about because of the choices made by those with power, the interplay of competing interests, and the way the existing rules of the game are set up. In other words, politics. The scope for doing this in a regional report is surely greater than in a more generic global one.
We should then have an agenda for what can be done to change the dynamic and the outcomes. What are the ways, methods and strategies in which voice, accountability and transparency can be promoted in the spheres of policy, technology, spending, training, communicating and framing.
And where are the actors, champions, alliances, movements and networks that need support to do this? How can their rights to speak out and be heard be promoted?
People, power and politics should come first in fight against hunger, not last.