The Global Food Crisis

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Securing food and agriculture worldwide.  available at the G-20 Policy site...

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FAO Director-General, Jacques Diouf:  Statement for the launch of new hunger figures

Joint FAO/WFP/IFAD Press Conference

FAO headquarters, Rome, 14 September 2010

“...The rapid increases in hunger following the price spikes is 2007-2008 and the financial and economic crisis reveal the fragility of the food system and show the extreme vulnerability and precarious conditions of countries and people.

However, the problem of hunger goes beyond sudden shocks and crises. It is a structural one. The fact that nearly one billion people remain hungry today in spite of relatively lower food prices and better economic prospects points to a deeper, well-entrenched problem that necessitates purposeful action at massive scale.

The current dramatic situation is the result of neglect of agriculture in development policies over the past three decades. It is time to tackle the root causes of food insecurity by adopting lasting political, economic, financial and technical solutions. We know what should be done and how to do it. Success stories do exist in Africa, in Asia and in Latin America. These experiences need to be scaled up and replicated.

In addition to improving safety nets and social protection programmes to reach those most vulnerable and in need, the long-term solution to food security is investing in agriculture in developing countries so they can produce the food needed for a world population expected to exceed 9 billion in 2050. In this regard, stable and effective policies, regulatory and institutional mechanisms and functional market infrastructures that promote investment in the agricultural sector are paramount.” 

LINK:  FAO Media Center