Seminar/Book Launch: First World Hunger Revisited: Food Charity or the Right to Food?

Speaker: Professor Graham Riches

Date: Friday 24th October

Time: 1.00 – 2.00 pm

Venue: Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Room 211, the Rosemary Rue Building, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

About the book: First World Hunger Revisited (Palgrave MacMillan, Co-edited with Tiina Silvasti published in September 2014) exposes the hidden functions and limits of food charity and corporately sponsored food banks as primary responses to widespread domestic hunger and income poverty in twelve rich 'food-secure' societies and emerging economies: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, the UK and the USA.  Who wins, who loses when governments violate their Right to Food obligations under international law to ensure the food security of their vulnerable populations?   The book challenges the effectiveness of food aid and argues for integrated income redistribution, agriculture, food, health and social policies informed by the Right to Food, whilst critiquing the lack of public policy and political will in achieving food security for all.

About the speaker: Graham Riches is emeritus professor and former director of the School of Social Work, University of British Columbia (1998-2008).  Previous publications include Food Banks and the Welfare Crisis (1986) and First World Hunger: Food Security and Welfare Politics (ed., 1997). In 2005 he was a consultant in the preparation of the UN FAO’s Voluntary Guidelines on the Right to Food (2005).