Food Energy Nexus: Livelihoods and Sovereignty

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Colonos would like to draw your attention to an interesting project by some good people unfolding in India, called Food Energy Nexus, which presents itself in this way:

“Millions of people living in the so-called developing world starved as the price of food soared in 2007-2008. Globally, the poorest are broadly women and children of colour, who were among the hardest hit by the rising food prices.

The drivers behind the latest food crises are complex with no single answer. But a range of actors including the IMF, NGOs, FAO has correlated biofuels with food price increases. Other factors have also significantly contributed to food price increases, such as increased demands for meat, supply dynamics, unseasonable droughts and rises in the price of oil.


It is the correlation between biofuels production and the recent food crisis that has led to a collective of academics, activists and NGOs to investigate the food-energy nexus. A food-energy nexus that has seen land and food rights undermined for many of the poor, for people of a particular race or caste, and for women and children of colour in the developing world.

The food-energy nexus raises many issues around gender, caste, race, poverty, climate change policies, land and food rights, and how green fuels, such as biofuels can undermine basic human rights – the rights to food and land. But it also raises deep concerns around democracy – who make the decisions that enable a food crisis?

In all of the analysis since the food crisis emerged one perspective was largely missing: the voices of the poor in the developing world and the poor in the developed world, indicating a democratic deficit. It is these narratives, around the livelihoods of the poor and marginalized that are missing in policy and the media accounts post the food crisis. It imperative, therefore, that a democratic safe platform is fostered that allow such voices to be heard on issues of food and land rights that are undermined by the food-energy nexus.

If you would like to get involved in the project please email:

Project Partners:

International Institute for Environment and Development:


PEALs, Newcastle University:


Web site under construction”

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