Discussion Paper

No. 2010-22 | August 24, 2010
Politics, Globalization, and Food Crisis Discourse


The literature on food security has mainly been focused on causes, effects, and/or the nature of the crisis. However, there have been only a few attempts to understand how the discourse on the subject matter was shaped and is still being shaped at present. Food security is at the intersection of many disciplines, and the factors perpetuating the crisis are largely diverse—population, social inequalities, nutrition and health, power monopolies in the international stage, and giant market drivers, among others. The paper aims at shedding light as to how nations really become food insecure to begin with. The discussion traces the globalization of food security as a product of discursive processes. By putting together and analyzing the factors like world politics, the entry of globalization, shifting trade patterns and even culture—through the years—a better understanding of why the problem came to exist and what it is all about is provided.

JEL Classification:

N90, P48, Q17


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Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero (2010). Politics, Globalization, and Food Crisis Discourse. Economics Discussion Papers, No 2010-22, Kiel Institute for the World Economy. http://www.economics-ejournal.org/economics/discussionpapers/2010-22

Comments and Questions

G Y - Recommend
August 25, 2010 - 10:44

The subject is actual. The article contributes to the discussion on globalization in Agriculture.

Anonymous - The Role of China and India in Globalization
August 27, 2010 - 11:10

This is a well argued paper that deserves wide circulation. The only problem I have with it, however, is the treatment of developing countries as an homogeneous unit. In the current global power dispensation, nothing would be further from the truth. The heterogenous nature of the developing world provide important ...[more]

... leverages for the US and EU to push this market agenda. In particular the role of China, India, Brazil and South Africa is of primary concern as was evidenced in the Conhagen conference on global warming. I suggest that this role be highlighted to provide the paper the status of novelty it deserves.

Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero - The other third world experience
August 31, 2010 - 08:34

first of all, thank you for the helpful comment. I totally understand your point to make the paper more inclusive of others' experiences. In fact, I did have some attempts at the beginning to shed light on this, but I must concur that this area still needs more fleshing out. ...[more]

... Aside from those countries you have mentioned, the midEast's also bore the brunt of the crisis. It is a nice prospect for a bigger paper.

Anonymous - Strong recommendation
August 30, 2010 - 22:29

The article is interesting and deserve to be circulated widely.

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September 24, 2010 - 09:25

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September 24, 2010 - 09:27

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September 24, 2010 - 15:32

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November 05, 2010 - 10:43

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