End Hunger by Protecting the Land Where It Can Be Grown

The crucial challenge post-2015 will be feeding and nurturing the planet. Hunger, malnutrition and the illnesses that they generate, destroying entire generations of children, are precisely what determine wars and the enormous flows of refugees and immigrants.

This is no longer, as many have claimed for too long, merely a “problem for poor countries.” On the contrary, it is now abundantly clear that this is one of — better yet THE — primary global issue, the consequences of which will have radical effects on the political, economic and social growth of developed countries.

Guaranteeing access to food and water as a universal right means guaranteeing a balanced development of the land in which agricultural and environmental resources are developed, preventing them from being taken away from the population and, as a consequence, impoverishing local economies and/or irreversibly altering local ecosystems. We have even seen an example of the economic — and first and foremost social value — of taking back control of land, removing it from various powers (sometimes illegal powers) in Sicily. There, cooperatives of young people have worked together to create small agricultural businesses focused on cultivating land that has been confiscated from organized crime, and which the Italian government then decided to entrust to these cooperatives for agricultural production.

This is a way to demonstrate that the fight against illegality, taking back territories and fostering agricultural micro-businesses can provide future perspectives for economic growth and employment that stitch the social fabric back together and halt an exodus from areas that would otherwise fall victim to poverty, unemployment and dependence on criminal powers.

Therefore, we need to return to the very roots of life in order to create the general conditions for justice, and make other objectives achievable for balanced, sustainable growth identified by the United Nations. —> Read More