Agriculture must change, says senior UN official

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José Graziano da Silva. UN PHOTO

The model of agricultural production that predominates today is not suitable for the new food security challenges of the 21st century.

That's what José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told a meeting in the French capital, Paris on Friday.

The International Forum on Agriculture and Climate Change, organized by the government, is a part of a series of events leading up to the Climate Summit scheduled to be held in December this year.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Although the number of people who suffer from hunger has been reduced by 100 million over the past decade, 805 million still don't have enough to eat, according to FAO.

José Graziano da Silva told ministers, scientists, farmers and representatives of civil society gathered in Paris that agriculture must change.

He said that although the world produces enough food to feed everyone, hunger remains a problem.

Mr. da Silva also pointed out that the current model of agricultural production cannot prevent the degradation of soils and the loss of biodiversity.

He called for more sustainable, inclusive and resilient food systems.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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