The global increase in food prices will plunge millions of people into hunger worldwide. Starvation and food shortage already caused food riots and are threatening to destabilize regimes.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon created a special task force to respond to the crisis and soaring food prices. In Rome, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted a high-level summit on world food security, climate change and bioenergy.
Some argue that modern business-dominated agricultural industry promotes the degradation of nature - and that, in turn, means less and worse food for a growing population and that governments should take responsibility for this situation.
In 1948 the UN recognized the right to food as a fundamental human right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, followed by more international legal instruments.
The Peace Palace Library has a remarkable collection of books and articles on this subject, with keywords Right to food and food security.