Oxfam Report – Working for the Few Political capture and economic inequality
Published: 20 January 2014
Author: Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, Head of Research, Oxfam GB; Nicholas Galasso, Research and Policy Advisor, Oxfam America
Downloadable at http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/working-for-the-few-economic-inequality
Although this publication does not directly concern the food system, still I think it deserves to be highlighted here. That because it helps to rise our awareness about the role that the socio-economic contexts play on issues such as:
access to food, food security, food sovereignty, proper nutrition and public health. If we want to effectively deal with the latter we have also to effectively deal with the previous.
From the summary “Almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population, and seven out of ten people live in countries where economic inequality has increased in the last 30 years. … This massive concentration of economic resources in the hands of fewer people presents a real threat to inclusive political and economic systems, and compounds other inequalities – such as those between women and men. Left unchecked, political institutions are undermined and governments overwhelmingly serve the interests of economic elites – to the detriment of ordinary people. …”