We are just one bad harvest from another global food crisis. The G20 need to invest in smallholder farmers who are mostly women, and produce nearly half of the world's food. At the moment, three quarters of those going hungry in the world are actually these same smallholder farmers and rural landless people.

Countries that have invested in smallholder farmers have witnessed amazing results. When Malawi bucked the trend and started to invest in its agricultural sector, it managed to cut the number of its people requiring food aid from 4.5 million in 2004 to less than 150,000 by 2009.

I spent the morning waiting to see what would come out from the G20 agriculture ministerial meeting. Before the final declaration we already heard some hints of what was coming. About lunch time...
Where is the political will to fight hunger?

Overall this first G20 Ag Min meeting failed to make strong enough decisions to avert the looming food crisis. There are a few elements of the Action Plan that we welcome.

This morning I joined a demonstration in Paris where farmers organizations and NGOs were defending food sovereignty and governments concrete  actions to prevent a new food crisis.  ...
Farmers and activists want action on food prices, land use and biofuels
I arrived yesterday in Paris to follow the G20 Agriculture ministers´ meeting which will happen this week. Today a number of NGOs had a meeting with host of the ministerial, the French Minister of...
Investment in smallholder women farmers is vital
Hunger is a man-made problem - literally. Over the past three decades, governments in low-income countries and donors alike have ignored the valuable role of women farmers and instead rely on large...
Evelyn Mwafulirwa and the COWFA Farmers Association on their irrigated land.
Yesterday, I went with a few other ActionAid staff and some French civil society groups to meet the host of the first gathering of G20 Agriculture Ministers later this week in Paris, French Minister...
great need of urgent action to construct regional food reserves
Hunger is a man-made problem. Over the past three decades, governments in low-income countries and donors alike have ignored the valuable role of women farmers, relying instead on large scale agri-...
Supporters protest against hunger in Kathmandu
What world leaders must do now to stop rising food prices spiralling out of controlKey messages:Global food prices are near-historical highs and local food prices have jumped alarmingly in poor...
Food price volatility is a grave threat to people around the world, and it cannot be brought under control without the G20. ActionAid is calling for action from the G20 in two key areas...