Washington, D.C. Premiere Today more than three billion people worldwide suffer from malnutrition, including one billion who are starving. The current global economic crisis has created food shortages, skyrocketing prices and food riots in some countries. With the world of agriculture confronting the impact of such factors as global warming, population urbanization trends, changes in eating habits and increased use of grains for biofuels, the film outlines the shape of an impending global food crisis. Filmed in Africa, China, Latin America and the U.S., Seeds of Hunger examines issues involved in creating such a crisis, including the politics of food security and scarcity, declining food production and the need for increased production to meet population growth. The impact of genetically modified foods, water shortages, famine, food aid programs and the loss of crop land are also considered as well as national food production, distribution and export policies. Directed by Yves Billy & Richard Prost.
Introduced by Fionna Douglas, Agriculture & Rural Development, The World Bank.