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Food and Agriculture

There are around 1bn hungry people in the world yet there is enough food to feed everyone.

Agriculture has the potential to end global hunger and provide an economic path out of poverty.

Farmers must have access to secure land, fair markets and support services, and they must have a voice in the political decision-making that determines agricultural policies.

View the film below to learn more.

Food and Agriculture

Dear Prudence? Business, food, and traditional ways of life

This film, one of a series commissioned, editorially controlled and produced by Guardian Films, looks at the issue of land rights, food security and foreign investment in Ethiopia. The Guardian's John Vidal has produced a film that asks: 'what is the impact of big business arriving in a developing country, are the benefits fairly shared, and what is the impact on traditional ways of life?'

If well managed, foreign investment in agriculture could contribute to establishing food security. But it is only one approach. The potential for agriculture to end global hunger and provide an economic path out of poverty for billions remains untapped.

Challenging Poverty through Trade in Ghana

Case Study

In Ghana it is often cheaper to buy imported food such as rice or tomatoes, than to buy locally produced food. Local farmers are priced out of the market by high production costs while European or American farmers benefit from government subsidies. The Ghana Trade and Livelihoods Coalition (GTLC) is a forum of farmers that has been lobbying the government for subsidies and infrastructural support.

In this film hear how Gideon Martey, a rice famer, and Abudlai Asuah, a tomato farmer, are now working their way out of poverty thanks to GTLC's successes.