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Reclaiming The Right To Food As A Normative Response To The Global Food Crisis, Smita Narula Jan 2010

Reclaiming The Right To Food As A Normative Response To The Global Food Crisis, Smita Narula

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

In 2009, the number of hungry in the world crossed the one billion mark, a dubious milestone that has been attributed in large part to consecutive food and economic crises. Over ninety-eight percent of these individuals live in the developing world. Ironically, a great majority are involved in food production as small-scale independent food producers or agricultural laborers. These facts and figures signal a definitive blow to efforts to reduce global hunger and lift the world's poorest from abject and dehumanizing poverty. They also bring to light the deep imbalance of power in a fundamentally flawed food system. Responses to …