Greece: Food Insecurity At Europe’s Doorstep

Food (Policy) For Thought

I am back from Cuba and have a long list of posts in my mind, both from the conference I attended and from talking to Cubans on the street. Coming soon.

However, these days I can’t stop thinking about a topic closer to home, at least mentally – the Greek/European tragedy unrolling over the last weeks with popular referenda, meetings behind closed doors and politics winning over economic arguments. All culminating with the reluctant approval of the demanded austerity reforms (here a version annotated by former Finance Minister Varoufakis) by the Greek parliament amidst widespread doubts as to their effectiveness, while Greek youth throwing molotov cocktails clashed with police outside the debate’s doors.

Among the demands is an even harsher restructuring of the value-added tax system in an effort to increase government revenue and service the country’s unsustainable debt, which in 2014 had reached 177% of its GDP.


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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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