Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Global Rice Crisis

You all might know that currently we are facing the Global Rice Crisis. The sudden rice price increased is out of our control. It's like a chain reaction. Infact, some of the food hawkers have began to increase price. They take it as a good opportunity to raise their prices due to skyrocketing food costs.

The Asian community are feeling insecure and panic over the current situation and seems like they have started stockpiling rice. So much for government’s reassurance that there wasn’t any crisis. The world's biggest producers have begun to restrict exports to ensure supplies at home.

Perhaps, the current crisis is a good thing. Somehow, this is a good way to cut down on our rice intake and adopt healthier eating habits. On the other hand, it's the perfect timing for the overweight to shed some pounds. Instead of having nasi lemak for breakfast, economy rice for lunch and nasi kandar for dinner, eat bread, biscuits and more grains and seeds. In many parts of the world, they are basic daily food and could be alternatives to rice.

The worse is not yet over. Oil crisis, rice crisis, what's next? Rising prices are giving me headaches and heartaches.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Raising 50% food production by 2030 (U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon told world leaders) but the issue is how? Present economic pattern of the globe only helps promoting urban economics. Major Asian countries which were producing and exporting food grain to the world now intend producing and supplying computer and electronic goods. Most countries do not pay attention to promote agricultural product through research to add on value thus become profitable. Consequence of urban economics is excessive urbanization. Urban related economic growth thrusts agricultural land conversion to cities and building to accommodate urban population and industries. Over 20% of farm lands of developing countries have been converted to cities and buildings for the past decades and Over 50% of farmlands of villages (close to cities) got merged with cities. Food shortage is as war on world, could be disastrous to collapse world economics. Food is first priority for each consumer, expensive food would prune consumption of other product’s and services.

• World absolutely need to pay attention the importance of rural economics and emphasize on agriculture and add on value to it.
• Present education pattern only facilitates urbanization to grow urban population. Change in education pattern so to improve student’s taste towards agriculture and its research that includes animal farming.
• Agriculture need to be profitable for the farmers.
• More allocation of fund and land to agricultural sector.
• Tough international legislation to arrest speculative gambling on essential commodities.
• Bring back the incentives to farmers to produce more without incurring losses.
• World population will grow and land will be less for us so maximum endeavor to scientific research so can use most land and water available on earth that includes desert land and sea.
• Main cause of food shortage is growth pattern of developing countries. So bio fuel alone is not responsible. The real culprits are shortage and speculation hoarding. However, growing crop for fuel in land for food is not justified scientists and research professionals can work on sourcing from sea, river, desert or unused land plants or other means.