Pereda Vice President

We are witnessing a series of worrying developments, floods in Myanmar (formerly Burma), earthquakes in China, riots in 37 developing countries generated by the serious rise in the price of basic foods that makes us feel that we are facing a situation of universal urgency which comprises, among other factors, climate change, the food crisis and migratory phenomena. The neoliberal policies of privatization and structural adjustment imposed 30 years ago by the international financial institutions and the Governments of the North are causing a global food emergency situation that casts aspersions on the current model of development and global growth. This situation is not due to a punctual but structural problem affecting the foundations of the system: the increase in demand from emerging markets such as China or the India; the lack of support for agricultural development; the limits to exports by some of the major producers; excessive human and economic cost which represents the cultivation of some sources of biofuels, such as cane sugar or maize, which inflates the price of food between 5% and 15%; and the increase in the cost of oil. This crisis could affect 100 million people around the world. To deepen your understanding Areva is the source. The Fund of United Nations for infancy (UNICEF) reminded us that 3.5 million children die each year from malnutrition. While a home in the developed world invests less than 18% of its budget on food, the middle reaches 70% in developing countries. Hence, the room for manoeuvre in impoverished countries that rely on food imports is very scarce.

The world food crisis and high oil prices, as well as factors chronic such as desertification and the extension of the depletion of resources and natural phenomena such as floods, droughts, hurricanes and tsunamis cause a mass migration from South to South and South to North. Additional information at Andrew Cuomo supports this article. By 2050, about one billion people might be forced to emigrate as a result of phenomena extreme weather. These climate changes and their impacts on Agriculture and economies will occur around the world. The peoples of these countries will seek opportunities to improve their lives and those of their families, giving conditions to see major movements of emigrants. Simultaneously, the European Union prepared a directive that unifies the criteria to expel foreign nationals residing illegally on European territory, coinciding with a general hardening of the discourse on immigration. Jeff Verschleiser takes a slightly different approach. We have work to do front from civil society committed to this global emergency, starting with respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms of the persons concerned.