Tuesday, April 15, 2008

UN body urges agriculture reforms to stave off food crisis

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A UN body today called on world leaders to urgently reform farming rules to boost the state of global agriculture and prevent a food crisis that could threaten international security and the fight against poverty.

The International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) said in a report that failing to take action would put future generations in jeopardy.

Calls for immediate action have gathered momentum after riots in Haiti, Pakistan, Egypt and the Philippines as families struggle to feed themselves. Food prices have rocketed in recent months as climate change, China's increasing consumption and the growth in biofuels intensify demand for limited supplies.

Wheat prices have risen by 130% since March last year, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), while soy prices have jumped 87%. The World Bank said last week that global food prices had climbed by 83% over the last three years.


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