In an article that examines the recent history of the world’s food supply and related policy, The Economist looks at the global effort to boost food security.
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The U.S. is interested in potentially using more locally-produced food aid rather than U.S. grown food as a way to expand investment in agricultural development in the developing world, said Alonzo Fulgham, acting head USAID, â€œon the sidelines of a World Food Summit in Romeâ€ on Tuesday, Reuters reports.
Jacques Diouf, head of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), “is not satisfied” that the World Summit on Food Security’s final declaration excludes “exact targets to reduce hunger,” the BBC reports.
Delegates at the World Summit on Food Security, which kicked off Monday, “rallied around a new strategy to fight global hunger and help poor countries feed themselves,” the Associated Press reports.
“A declaration to be made at next week’s world food summit in Rome will not mention a target to eradicate hunger by 2025 nor a commitment to spend $44 billion a year in agricultural aid, according to a final draft,” Reuters reports (Aloisi, 11/12).
In developing countries, almost 200 million children under the age of 5 “suffer from stunted growth and health problems due to poor nutrition in their early years,” according to a UNICEF report released on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
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Food prices in developing nations continue to be “stubbornly high … despite a strong cereal harvest this year, and 31 countries need emergency aid,” the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in its “Crop Prospects and Food Situation” report released Tuesday ahead of next week’s Rome World Summit on Food Security, Agence France-Presse reports.
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has entered into an “historic” partnership with the New Partnership for Africaâ€™s Development (NEPAD) “to work towards increasing food production and food security in Africa,” PEACE FM Online reports (11/9).