The Food Justice files


New Internationalist will report on how best to tackle the looming hunger crisis for the world’s poorest people, seeking out the key ingredients for a more equitable and sustainable food system.

  • €119,754 Budget in Euros
  • 2020 Final release date
  • 3 Round winner
  • 10 Locations
  • 14 Durations in months

The Food Justice files will trace the food supply chain down from international, national, informal markets down to consumers by highlighting dangers and risks and pointing to long-term, sustainable solutions to this dysfunctional food system.

It’s a question that has never seemed so urgent. The Covid-19 pandemic – the outbreak and the economic aftershocks – has sent shockwaves through our global food system. The World Food Programme has predicted an 82 per cent increase in hunger by the end of the year, which Oxfam translates to mean 12,000 deaths per day. The media warns we have never faced a hunger emergency like this one.

At the same time, the way we feed ourselves has never been so up for debate. How did so many millions of people get tipped into hunger so fast? Governments, producers and consumers are re-thinking supply chains; major retailers, Big Data and agriculture transnationals are positioning themselves as best-placed to respond. At this moment, it’s more important than ever that the interests of the least-nourished are the ones being served by the food policy set in place today.

You can expect stories that unpack who is in control of our food – and diets – and who is most precarious as a result; investigations into rising malnutrition in affluent countries and the export of poor diets worldwide; the unpicking of vexing, meandering food chains alongside explorations of power, trade and politics. And, along the way, the reimagining of a food system in which everyone gets to eat.

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