In the Financial Times he writes:
“India needs a government that views its youthful population (more than 50% under 25) as a strength and not just as more mouths to feed!
“It needs to craft an original economic policy suitable for its labour-rich economy and not merely adapt the western model more . . . → Read More: Should R. Vijayaraghavan’s proposals be implemented here?
The National Farmers Union is urging the public to sign its charter and help to turn around a decline in self-sufficiency from 1991, when the country produced 75% of its own food, to the current production of 62%.
It states that today, August 14, is the day British food supplies . . . → Read More: Would you sign this Charter if the NFU and government rethink their GMO and food export drives?
In Jamaica, Haiti, the Bahamas and elsewhere, local farm-to-table production is not a restaurant sales pitch: it is a government motto.
“We’re in a food crisis,” said Hilson Baptiste, the agriculture minister of Antigua and Barbuda. “Every country is concerned about it. How can we produce our own? How can we feed our own?” . . . → Read More: Local farm-to-table production is a government motto
Steve Schofield, whose work in Bradford was covered on this blog some time ago, focusses on the real security challenge of the 21st century caused by resource depletion and climate change.
The evolution of the international system was driven by the ambitions of the larger industrial states, defined by elite, corporate groups that control . . . → Read More: Will the end of traditional growth paths lead to ‘cosmopolitan localism’ ?
Mark Coba for CNBC reports: “We have two or three times the amount of food right now that is needed to feed the number of people in the world . . . A lot of people aren’t analyzing the situation correctly. We can deal with short-term food shortages after a disaster, but fixing long . . . → Read More: More localisation of food-growing, less market speculation and global trading
Dr Molly Scott Cato opens her Green House paper, which may be downloaded here, by asking how our ongoing financial and economic crisis is to be understood and resolved.
The mainstream view is that we need economic growth – and austerity – because of the vast government deficit and stagnant economy.
Others say . . . → Read More: ‘Local Liquidity: From Ineffective Demand to Community Currencies’
Some of the recommendations made by the panel of the National Review of Town Centres, which was chaired by architect Malcolm Fraser and included business figures and public bodies are:
A “town centre first” principle whereby public bodies will consider how they can support town centres before considering development elsewhere. Working with housing . . . → Read More: Creative devolution: Scottish government commissions review of its town centres
Those interested in ‘digging more deeply’ into the localisation movement are invited to make space in their calendar for a five-day Schumacher College course with Swedish-born localisation pioneer Helena Norberg-Hodge, who has worked in diverse cultures around the world and is almost uniquely able to address localisation from the perspective of both the global . . . → Read More: Considering policy-level changes needed for localisation initiatives to flourish and spread
George Morran, LWM’s vice-chairman, writes:
Devolution for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has brought greater proximity and therefore ownership of decision-making to those communities.
Increasingly different approaches to public policy have developed, reflecting local circumstances and aspirations, rather than Westminster and Whitehall’s one approach fits all – in particular the interests of those . . . → Read More: George Morran: Why Regional Government?