Financial donations and other efforts to attack food insecurity around the globe need to be “scaled up,” the director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization said on Wednesday, as the World Summit on Food Security concluded in Rome. But the lack of attendance at the summit by all G8 country leaders–except Italy, where the three-day summit was held–did not bode well for increasing investment, donations and food aid to where they are needed most.
Archive for November 2009
By SHALWAH EVANS
November 18, 2009
As a reporter my job is to take complicated issues and frame them so that they make sense to the average person—or so I thought. But by the end of this World Summit on Food Security, I too am confused about this behemoth of an issue.
While U.N. dignitaries and leaders exchanged presentations about the global food crisis, smallholder farmers and their advocates were holding another conversation across town. Our Day 2 coverage of the World Summit on Food Security in Rome turns to the People’s Food Sovereignty Forum.
Our coverage of the World Summit on Food Security in Rome begins today. Check here for ongoing live coverage of the day’s events.
By ALEXIA UNDERWOOD
November 16, 2009
The Food and Agriculture Organization building was humming with low-level, languid activity Sunday afternoon, as journalists and FAO officials prepared for Monday’s launch of the World Food Summit on Food Security.
Journalists speaking a myriad of languages checked e-mail, made phone calls, joked and lounged around the blue-carpeted media room, awaiting the event and the resulting news coverage blitz.
By GERALD BUSINGE
November 13, 2009
Software and web-search giant Google last week launched the online Google Trader pilot in Uganda to connect sellers and buyers of goods and services, including in agriculture.
Google Trader online is part of the SMS-based services that the company launched in June in Uganda. The service is aimed at bringing together buyers and sellers of products or services in a “marketplace” using their mobile phones.
In this Q&A, Martin Ricard talks with a Kenyan-born scientist who believes genetically modified crops are good for developing countries.