How to Make a Humanitarian Crisis Worse

President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela was quoted recently saying that he is refusing international aid for his country, because he doesn’t want Venezuelans to be ‘beggars’. The need for aid was sparked by the current disastrous financial situation of the country. One study concluded that the annual inflation rate reached 1,300,000% in the 12 monthsContinue reading “How to Make a Humanitarian Crisis Worse”

Paradise Lost: Leading “A Better Life” with Nestlé’s Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

On the cloudy evening of Monday 9th April, students gathered in the Hotel du Vin to listen intently as the Lafayette Club’s latest guest, the Chairman Emeritus and Former CEO of food giant Nestlé, enlightened us as to the ways in which his company plans to help each one of us to lead “a betterContinue reading “Paradise Lost: Leading “A Better Life” with Nestlé’s Peter Brabeck-Letmathe”

Impediments to Food Access in Venezuela

Venezuela has struggled with civil unrest in recent years, stemming from frustrations with government mismanagement. Citizens are bearing the brunt of the difficult economic and political situation. Venezuelans are struggling to pay for, and in some cases, even access, basic food and supplies. Inflation on the price of food has skyrocketed, increasing 552% from NovemberContinue reading “Impediments to Food Access in Venezuela”

Fractured Land: Ethnic Conflict and Food as Weaponry in South Sudan

South Sudan is a nation in its infancy. Born in 2011 after decades of internal conflict whilst part of the Republic of Sudan, the country is mired in a civil war that has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands. It is now faced by a further threat, resultant of the ethnic conflict it isContinue reading “Fractured Land: Ethnic Conflict and Food as Weaponry in South Sudan”

The Right to Food: Climate Change

While some politicians continue to deny either the existence or the importance and urgency of global climate change, as seen recently in the US, it is evident that climate change is having a tangible, present-day impact on food production, and may in the future lead to greater food insecurity. It is therefore vital that contemporaryContinue reading “The Right to Food: Climate Change”