Crop Biotech Update

FAO High Level Conference to Tackle World Food Security

May 30, 2008

Heads of State and Government as well as United Nations organizations will converge at the High- Level Conference on World Food Security to be held in Rome on June 3-5, 2008. “We hope that world leaders coming to Rome will agree on the urgent measures that are required to boost agricultural production, especially in the most affected countries, and at the same time protect the poor from being adversely affected by high food prices,” said Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) Director-General Jacques Diouf.

A key policy document prepared for the Summit notes that “high food prices represent an excellent opportunity for increased investments in agriculture by both the public and private sectors to stimulate production and productivity”. It calls for support to agricultural research that serves the needs of poor farmers.

Download the policy document at http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/foodclimate/HLCdocs/HLC08-inf-1-E.pdf or view the FAO press release at http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2008/1000847/index.html