The UN has called on rich nations to help “revolutionise” farming in Africa and for the developing world to produce more food for the 1 billion people facing hunger. The call was made at a UN conference in Rome after soaring food prices threatened to add 100 million more people to the 850 million already going hungry. The cost of staple food stuffs has doubled in recent times with wheat, rice and corn at record highs.
UN chief Ban-Ki Moon urged progress, “This is the fight we cannot afford to lose. the enemy is hunger. Hunger degrades everything we have been fighting for in recent years and decades. Recent riots and protests show that hunger and the threat of hunger create unrest and instability”.
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa is chaired by former UN head Kofi Annan and will provide technical support to improve soil and water management, access to seeds and fertilisers and improve infrastructure in areas with good farming conditions.