Daily Archives: May 17, 2011

UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. De Schutter begins a new term

Earlier this month it was announced that the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Oliver De Schutter, begins a new term.  To accompany this announcement he delivered a message drawing conclusions from his first term, and looking forward.

“Prof. Olivier De Schutter officially begins a new term as UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. The UN Human Rights Council renewed his mandate for the next 3 years”

Read the full item “New mandate: message from Olivier De Schutter

 “…the 2007-2008 scenario is playing out again. Last summer, prices on international markets soared again, and the increase continued for eight months. According to the World Bank, global food prices are now 36% above their 2010 levels and remain extremely volatile, close to their 2008 peak. Poor consumers are severely hurt. Due to their political marginalization and their lack of bargaining power, most small-scale farmers are not benefiting from the current price spike. And the wages of agricultural workers are not rising suddenly because the prices of commodities increase.”