6 May 2010

NGO warns of Pacific hunger if importance of food sovereignty ignored

2:52 pm on 6 May 2010

The NGO, the Pacific Network on Globalisation, or PANG, says there'll be widespread hunger in the Pacific if the issue of food security is not revisited as one of sovereignty.

Outcomes from a recent food security summit in Vanuatu included an agreement to strengthen food control systems and place more emphasis on local agriculture initiatives.

PANG's co-ordinator, Maureen Penjueli, says persisting with traditional solutions to increasing food security will make the situation worse.

"The difference largely lies in terms of how you place the emphasis. In the case of food sovereignty we believe that the emphasis should be on the providers and consumers as the centre of decision-making rather than on the large food companies under food security."

Pacific Network on Globalisation co-ordinator, Maureen Penjueli.