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…

UN FOOD SUMMIT: WHOSE VISION FOR THE FUTURE?

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The UN World Food Summit opened in Rome today, aiming to address the soaring food costs which have sparked riots in Egypt, Cameroon, Cote d‘Ivoire, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Madagascar. The press are filing plenty of copy on the issue (and not just about Mugabe’s prescence in the Italian…

SALZBURG DAY 2: INNOVATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS FOR WHOM?

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member There was much talk across the group and plenary sessions about the importance of coordination and alignment of initiatives and institutions. This is happening under the leadership of the AU-NEPAD CAADP initiative, but needs to be strengthened. Photos: Delgates debate in Salzburg / Julia Day Such coordination and partnership…

SALZBURG DAY 1: AFRICAN CONTEXT IS ALL

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member See photos from SalzburgA Green Revolution in Africa must be grounded firmly in an African context, taking African biodiversity, climates, cultures and peoples into account. So the continent’s initiatives must be significantly different to those put in place in Latin America and Asia. An the many different contexts within…

IAASTD: CHANGE IN FARMING CAN FEED THE WORLD

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The 2,500-page International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) report has garnered support from sixty countries, the World Bank and most UN bodies for radical changes in world farming. Today’s Guardian carries the story. STEPS member John Thompson takes an in-depth look at on the conflicts…