A two part drama about global food security.

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Both episodes will also be available on BBC I-Player for one week.  Details of each episode below.

WHEN GREED BECOMES HUNGER  Episode 1, The Pit

BBC RADIO 4

 21 August 2013: 2.15pm

Drama by D J Britton.

 With a storm brewing in the global food market, a trader at the Chicago Board of Trade sees an opportunity to make a lot of money.

British trader Phil Ward has just moved to the US with his wife Sian to start work at the Chicago Board of Trade. When the grain market is thrown into turmoil, Phil's boss - Joel Bosco - calls him in to make sense of the numbers. Phil uncovers a global trend in food scarcity that represents a huge financial opportunity for the company. But what if the market fails?

World food security is a hot topic. Internationally, after record growth, global wheat exports have fallen by 10 per cent in the last year. Prices are rising inexorably. According to Oxfam, 800 million people are currently malnourished - a greater figure than ever before. As cereal production falls, world population numbers continue to rise, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation predicts food demand will double by 2030. Meanwhile, world food security is left to the volatility of the global free market.

When Greed Becomes Hunger asks whether the world can afford to trust the free market with its food supply.

With Matthew Gravelle as Phil, Carys Eleri as Sian, Stuart Milligan as Joel, Zoe Tapper as Beth, Ronan Summers as Donnie, Amaka Okafor as Carfi.

 

WHEN GREED BECOMES HUNGER  Episode 2,  The Pen

 BBC RADIO 4

Thursday 22 August 2013: 2.15pm

Drama by D J Britton.

It's three years after the events of part one and a new world order is dominated by global food protectionism, an unpredictable climate and, most of all, hunger.

Phil and Sian have used the money they made to buy a farm in mid-Wales. But as an international enquiry is launched into the causes of the crash, the couple's country idyll provides little shelter from an angry world, hungry for answers.

Directed by James Robinson

A BBC Cymru Wales Production.

 

D. J. Britton is an award-winning dramatist, director and dramaturg. He was formerly National Executive Producer heading the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio drama department, and is now the Drama specialist on the Creative Writing Programme in the English Department at Swansea University.