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Pascal Lamy: “Food crisis bomb of political instability on developing countries”

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Pascal Lamy: “Food crisis bomb of political instability on developing countries”

Food safety is one of the hottest issues. Hunger gripped, even before the war in progress, dozens of countries in the North African belt and in Asia. Now the picture is even more serious. Could it generate further political instability?

A bomb of political instability for various developing countries. For the moment, not because of the shortage of food, but in the future, the problem is great: the supply channels must be reorganized. It is crucial that the WFP, the FAO, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the WTO coordinate with the United Nations. The European Union will have to play an important role, France and Germany will have to be supported by the G7. We will then try to offer a contribution to the Paris peace forum to be held in the next few days in Paris. And then at the same event, in the autumn edition of November.

The hope for coordination between international organizations that he mentions refers to another open debate: that on globalization. It’s over? Will there be new forms of economic cooperation?

The death of globalization recalls the anecdote inherent to that of…. Mark Twain. “The announcement is premature!” Globalization is not disappearing, but it is transforming. There are some critical issues but also new opportunities: think of the digitization sector, data flows, there will be more geopolitical pressures and more precautions. I do not see regionalization as a solution, apart from the European example.

In recent days, as a consequence of the food crisis, there has also been talk of “sustainable food”, losses and waste. What do you think?

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