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Report: Dangerous Futures

December 2013

How our pensions fuel hunger

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MEP briefing: Effective reforms for stable food prices

July 2013

Excessive financial speculation in commodity derivatives has significantly increased price volatility and inflation for staple foods and other commodities. This has had negative impacts for consumers and businesses in Europe and has contributed to significant increases in hunger and poverty globally.

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Campaign briefing: Collective solutions to changing food prices

June 2013

Access to adequate food is a basic human need and right. However, throughout most of the world, it is distributed mainly through markets, meaning that access is determined by consumers’ ability to pay, and returns for producers are dependent on the market price. Changes in these prices can have dramatic consequences for people’s quality of life – especially those living in poverty. But collective solutions do exist, and are being put into practice around the world.

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MP briefing: tackling hunger and protecting consumers

April 2013

In 2008, food prices reached record levels rising 80 per cent in 18 months then declining rapidly. Since 2009 prices have climbed again reaching a new record peak in early 2011 and have been at high levels since.

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Investment banks’ revenue from food speculation 2010-2012

March 2013

Based on the calculations below, we estimate that in the three years 2010 to 2012, the top five banks involved in food speculation – Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley – made around £2.2bn from trading food commodity contracts. This figure is an estimate based on a number of assumptions and using two different methodologies and the actual figure could be higher.

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Transforming our food system: the movement for food sovereignty

October 2012

WDM’s campaign to curb speculation on food tackles one aspect of a broken food system. We’re also helping to build a movement for a just global food system, inspired by activists in the global south.

The global food system is in crisis. Globally we are now producing more food than ever before. But while 1.5 billion people are overweight, 870 million people are affected by chronic hunger. Small-scale farmers are suffering from prices falling below their costs of production due to unfair trade regimes, corporate concentration and the dismantling of state support.

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Briefing: food Sovereignty

October 2012

WDM’s campaign to curb speculation on food tackles one aspect of a broken food system. We’re also helping to build a
movement for a just global food system, inspired by activists in the global south.

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Tricky questions briefing: Food sovereignty

September 2012

Download our briefing where we answer common tricky questions such as:

  • What is food sovereignty?
  • Why do we need to change the food system?
  • How do we achieve food sovereignty?
  • How are we working towards food sovereignty?
  • Can food sovereignty feed the world and tackle poverty?
  • What would food sovereignty mean for international trade?
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Broken markets - How financial market regulation can help prevent another global food crisis

September 2011

Broken Markets seeks to counter the arguments put forward by those sceptical of the influence of financial speculation on rising food prices. It shows how financial speculation has boomed, turning commodity derivatives into just another asset class for investors, distorting and undermining the effective functioning of agricultural markets.

Stop Gambling on Food & Hunger

January 2011

Call for Immediate Action on Financial Speculation on Food Commodities - list of signatories

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The Great Hunger Lottery - How banking speculation causes food crises

July 2010

In The Great Hunger Lottery, the World Development Movement has compiled extensive evidence establishing the role of food commodity derivatives in destabilising and driving up food prices around the world. This in turn, has led to food prices becoming unaffordable for low-income families around the world, particularly in developing countries highly reliant on food imports.

Structural damage - The causes and consequences of Malawi’s food crisis

October 2002

There is a common perception that the food crisis in Malawi has been caused by the floods that ruined the planting season in 2001, or by widespread government corruption and mismanagement. These undoubtedly have contributed to the crisis. But there is another cause, which has been even more significant – inappropriate policies of donor agencies, led by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).