FIDDLING IN ROME WHILE THE WORLD BURNS? REFLECTIONS ON THE UN WORLD FOOD SUMMIT

By JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member When the Chief Executives Board of the United Nations met in Bern, Switzerland, in late April 2008 to assess how the international community could best contribute to combating the global food crisis, they agreed to set up a High Level Task Force, chaired by the UN Secretary General, with…

UN FOOD SUMMIT: “ENOUGH RHETORIC, MORE ACTION”

By JULIA DAY STEPS Centre member News agency Reuters has put together a package of the lastest updates coming out of Rome this morning, including work on an emergency plan to ease hunger; UN agencies signing an agreement on Africa food output; and wide consensus on need to reduce trade barriers. By Stephen Brown and…

Food Crisis, Lawrence Haddad on BBC News

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Lawrence Haddad, Director of IDS, was interviewed about the food crisis for the BBC 10 O’clock News. Watch a video of the news item and read about what Mr Haddad said on the IDS website.

UN WORLD FOOD SUMMIT: KOFI ANNAN ARRIVES WITH AGRA MESSAGE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Ban Ki-moon’s predecessor at the head of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, was due to arrive in Rome this morning to sign an agreement with UN food agencies for a new drive to increase farm production in Africa. Photo: Kofi Annan / Julia Day “We hope to spur a…

UN FOOD SUMMIT: BACKGROUNDER

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation called the emergency meetingafter soaring commodity prices threatened to add as many as 100 million more people to the 850 million already going hungry, destabilising governments in the process. Photo: Guilio Napolitano / FAO The FAO said the meeting would discuss ways…

UN FOOD SUMMIT: US$20BN NEEDED, SAYS BAN KI-MOON

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Day two of the UN World Food Summit has commenced with UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s declaration that US$15 billion to US$20 billion is needed each year to boost food production to combat hunger. Most of the money would have to come from concerned countries, say the UN secretary general….

UN FOOD SUMMIT: MUGABE’S PRESENCE

From the Independent newspaper, UK

UN FOOD SUMMIT: WILL FARMERS’ VOICES BE HEARD?

By DAN SMITH, Future Agricultures Consortium member In his opening speech for the UN World Food Summit, Jacques Diouf, the FAO Director General, stated that “the world only needs US$30 billion a year to eradicate the scourge of hunger”. This may sound like a large amount but if compared to the fact that “the world…