Interview with IIED scientist Michel Pimbert
LONDON, May 24 (Tierramérica) – The current food crisis has revived the myth that the world doesn’t produce enough food for its six billion people, according to Michel Pimbert, author of a new study that highlights local production as a potential solution.
It is a “manufactured crisis” that is the outcome of a market-driven, global food system, says Pimbert, director of the agriculture and biodiversity programme at the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
That system needs to evolve towards localised food production that allows people to improve nutrition, income and economies, starting at the household level and through the regional level, he says.
Pimbert outlines his ideas in a web-based publication, “Towards Food Sovereignty”, which includes linked video and audio files of testimonies from farmers, indigenous peoples and consumers. The first three chapters are available on IIED’s website (www.iied.org).