Sunday, 1 June 2008

The world food crisis

How the west could stave off disaster.
The international community is talking hopefully of a "second green revolution."
1986, 20% of foreign aid spent by rich countries was devoted to agriculture in the developing world. By 2006, that share had shrunk to less than 3%.
African governments, currently spend less than 5% of their budgets on supporting farming and the rural people, despite the fact that these are the poorest two-thirds of their populations.
There is also the creeping disaster of climate change with competition for land and resources from biofuels and the controversial problem of GM crops. The crisis will require consideration of long and short term solutions.
The Guardian has a superb article on this topic. See here for details

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