Pakistan Institute of Development Economics



Tony Weis. The Global Food Economy: The Battle for the Future of Farming. London and New York: Zed Books/Halifax and Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishers, 2007. 217 pages. Paperback. Price not given.

Author: Ejaz Ghani

Tony Weis’s book provides a systematic analysis of the dynamics, problems, and inequities of the global food economy. Starting with the current situation regarding hunger and poverty, the author states that despite the fact that food production is more than needed to provide every person on earth with a nutrition diet, hunger still persists. The percentage of world population with food shortages has declined but absolute numbers have grown. Similar is the case with poverty. According to the World Bank estimates, 2.8 billion people are living on less than US$2 a day and 1.2 billion are living in extreme poverty (less than US$1). And a special feature of the hunger and poverty is that these problems are acute in developing countries, especially South Asian and sub- Saharan African countries.

Ejaz Ghani