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Near or Far?

Near or Far?

The proponents of globalization suggest we buy our food from the cheapest sources, no matter where in the world that might be. Now that food prices are rising again, countries rich and poor have begun to reconsider the price of imported food and many governments, from Brazil to Micronesia, are setting quotas in support of local food production.

Nigeria, the world's seventh most populous country, is one of the world's largest food importers. The charismatic Akinwunmi Ayo Adesina, Nigerian Minister for Agriculture, believes it is his job to ensure Nigerians eat food grown in Nigeria. Experts say the Minister's plans could be a model for other African nations. But do people really want to eat only food grown at home? What impact do food policies have on the local economy and local diets? And in a globalized world, is self-sufficiency really the answer?

'Near or Far? provides much needed good news from Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa in general and Nigeria in particular have the resources to feed itself with food left over for export. Inappropriate government policy has been the major reason why the sub-region is still a net food importer. The Nigerian minister of agriculture has a viable vision to expand food production to feed the current and future generations of Nigerians and he has the experience, knowledge and leadership qualifications to make it happen. Watch Near or Far? and see the model for accelerated African food production.' Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Professor Emeritus of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurship, Professor Emeritus of Applied Economics, Cornell University, Adjunct Professor of Agricultural Economics, Copenhagen University, Author, Seeds of Contention

'Very impressive. These films present current problems in global food production and consumption with unstinting clarity. They highlight figures who advocate for indigenous crops without simply turning back the clock or giving in to the Western model of industrial scale agriculture. They propose models which value the local economy and yet think progressively in ways that will help people deal with rising population and increasingly volatile market for foodstuffs. These are thinkers, activists, politicians and farmers who will shape the future of food around the world.' Ken Albala, Professor of History, University of the Pacific, Author, Beans: A History

'These films put food in a global perspective, pushing the boundaries of discussions about local, artisanal, and organic foods.' Fabio Parasecoli, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Food Studies, The New School, Author, Bite Me! Food in Popular Culture, co-Editor, Cultural History of Food

'The African nation of Nigeria was self-sufficient in food production until the discovery of oil. The oil economy led to massive increases in imports and a weakening of the agricultural sector. In the face of increasing costs and potential shortages, planners are seeking to make Nigeria self-sufficient once again. The insightful Near or Far? examines how different sectors, farmers, manufacturers, merchants, and politicians are working together to feed their country.' Jane Fajans, Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University, Author, Brazilian Food: Race, Class and Identity in Regional Cuisines


Main credits

Richards, Jenny (Producer)
Richards, Remi Vaughan (Director)
Bradshaw, Steve (Film editor)

Other credits

Music, Kevin MacLeod; camera, Micheal Arogundade, Shalom Uyi Enaulele, Prospero Bozzo, Daniele Mattana; editor, Jonah Jackson.

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Distributor subjects

African Studies
Developing World
Food And Nutrition
Global Issues
Local Economies
Sustainable Development
Urban Studies


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