G20 Leaders Warn of Funding and Investment Gaps in Ensuring Long-term Food Security

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Published on Farming First, Sept. 28, 2009.

At the conclusion of their recent summit in Pittsburgh last week, world leaders warned that “sustained funding and targeted investments are urgently needed to improve long-term food security.’

Their final statement includes a series of recommendations related to food security and sustainable farming.  Here are some quotes from the statement itself: 

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  • The World Bank, working with the regional development banks and other international organizations, should strengthen its focus on food security through enhancements in agricultural productivity and access to technology, and improving access to food… (#24)
  • The poorest countries have little economic cushion to protect vulnerable populations from calamity, particularly as the financial crisis followed close on the heels of a global spike in food prices… (#34)
  • Even before the crisis, too many still suffered from hunger and poverty and even more people lack access to energy and finance. Recognizing that the crisis has exacerbated this situation, we pledge cooperation to improve access to food, fuel, and finance for the poor… (#38)
  • Sustained funding and targeted investments are urgently needed to improve long-term food security. (#39).
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