UN calls for greater investment in agriculture

UN food experts are calling for more investment in agriculture to offset the soaring food prices and increase the productivity of small farmers.

investing in agriculture

investing in agriculture

It’s the second time prices have gone up this year, affecting the world’s poor households, according to a UN expert on global food security.

David Nabarro, Coordinator of the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Global Food Security cited four main challenges disrupting the food supply chains.

“The first is the pattern of prices rises which are particularly great for wheat and maize, but also for sugar, meat, and some vegetables, some pulses. They are not totally the same throughout the world. And in fact crop harvest and food availability are pretty good in some countries particularly in Sub Saharan Africa but the situation is not so good elsewhere.”

Nabarro adds that 2 billion households are currently surviving on less than 2 dollars a day and spending three quarters of their income on food.

And with a 15% increase in the money they spend on food, they find it harder to cope.

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