Land grab and food security in Ethiopia

October 16th, 2011 | by addis portal |

We need food; we dont have that much land!

By Shawel Betru, PhD

Food is the most basic of all needs. As early as 18th century the great political economist David Recardo saw mans never ending demand regardless of his progress. In his Nobel Prize speech in 1970 Norman Borlaug said civilization as it is known today could not have evolved, nor can it survive, without an adequate food supply. It was not a mere speech for him but it was the plan he masterminded, later called the Green Revolution, in India and Pakistan that arguably saved more than a billion people.

The civilized world declared food as a human right. No matter how much poor a person is, he is not supposed to go to bed unfed. What matters in this part of the fortunate world is the quality of food and the dignity by which a household acquires it. On the other side of the globe things are a bite different. Food appears to be the highest human achievement. This is more real for the majority of Ethiopian for whom it has become a dream to get the minimum daily calorie. A dream to survive! We are now faced with existential challenge as a dignified people.

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