Framing Hunger


A Response to

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012

UPDATE: Since posting Framing Hunger in March, 2013, the Food and Agriculture Organization has released the State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013 (SOFI 13). Authors of Framing Hunger are reporting on it, highlighting particularly useful changes: See Hunger, Metrics, and SOFI 13 by Professor Jennifer Clapp and Hunger: Measuring Progress Amid a Tangle of Contradictions by Frances Moore Lappé.

BACKGROUND ON FRAMING HUNGER: On March 12, 2013, a group of US and Canadian scholars and leaders of organizations addressing hunger submitted to the Director-General José Graziano da Silva of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations a document entitled “Communication for Discussion.”

In it, we raise critical concerns about the core messages of the 2012 edition of the pre-eminent annual report on hunger worldwide, the agency’s The State of Food Insecurity in the World. After useful exchanges with key leaders within the Food and Agriculture Organization, we amended our response to reflect what we had learned. We are now pleased to make publicly available our submission to the Director-General. The authors appreciate the agency's vital work, especially that furthering small holder, sustainable agriculture. Our desire for the agency’s success is part of what motivates us. We hope the questions we raise can deepen the debate about how to end hunger.

Read "Framing Hunger" in its entirety (latest revision Oct 11, 2013).