Hunger in the news
7 April 2009
The world faces the prospect of a permanent food crisis endangering international stability if countries do not take "immediate interventions in agriculture", according to the policy document for the first Group of Eight ministerial meeting on agriculture. The report, entitled "The global challenge: to reduce food emergency", warns that global food production needs to double by 2050 to feed a surging population while at the same time dealing with "pronounced climate changes" and higher input costs. "Without immediate interventions in agriculture and agri-marketing systems, the 2007 crisis will become structural in only a few decades," the document, drafted by the G8's Italian presidency and seen by the Financial Times, warns. [...] "We are not out of the woods of the food crisis," said Josette Sheeran, head of the United Nations' World Food Programme in Rome, which needs about $6bn (€4.5bn, £4bn) this year to feed the poorest, up 20 per cent from last year's record of $5bn. "The impact of last year's high prices continues. In addition, countries now suffer a loss of income because of the global financial crisis," she added, echoing a view widely held by other senior officials and experts interviewed by the Financial Times.