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BBC – "Food: Who Pays the Price"

Very very well worth watching. [via]

Description: The TVE/ BBC World Debate on food politics, with

  • Gary Howe IFAD’s Director of Strategic Planning, Budget and Resource Management
  • Sarath Fernando A smallholder and farmer leader from Sri Lanka
  • Dr Raj Patel Political Economist and author of “Stuffed & Starved”
  • Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Managing Director of the World Bank
  • Jan-Kees Vis Director, Sustainable Agriculture for Unilever
  • Sean Rickard, Business Economist and Academic Advisor

Among other things, I realized in watching this how poorly I’ve done in treating (or really thinking about) the mechanisms by which agricultural prices continue to rise while the prices farmers receive drop precipitously. The Cambodian situation is not representative of the entire agricultural world, necessarily, and I’ve been thinking almost exclusively about the Cambodian situation.

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