Restructuring agriculture vital to tame hunger: UN

Published on the, by The Citizen Reporter, Doha, 2008-12-02.

The current set-up of agricultural activities in the world requires urgent restructuring and calls for meaningful investment to create grounds for long-term food security but at the cost of $30 billion.

The UN has said here that the money should be raised at all costs for the future of the world, taming hunger and curtailing the high food prices.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the scenario would get worse with a fast-growing world population, climate change and the financial crisis.

He said on Sunday that anything short of that would mean that undernourishment, expensive meals, grain supply deficits as well as hungry children and mothers will continue haunting the world for an unforeseeable future …

… FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said that like aid, investment in agriculture remains extremely low in poor countries. The irony of that, he explained, is the fact that 86 per cent of the world’s poor are involved in agriculture and almost one billion people are on the edge of hunger.

“We cannot take food security at the global level for granted. Emergency funds must be mobilized immediately, but long-term production must be doubled by 2050,” International Fund for Agriculture Development president Lennart Bage noted. (full text).

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