EU Commissioner Jose Manuel Barroso and EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy. Photo by: European Commission

Last year, nongovernmental organizations slammed the G-20 for prioritizing the European debt crisis over food security. Will world leaders put food security higher on the agenda at the upcoming summit in Los Cabos, Mexico?

In a letter issued May 25, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso noted the European Union’s four priority areas at the summit, which will run June 18-19:

  • Growth and employment.

  • Strengthen the International Monetary Fund.

  • Reform the financial system.

  • Food security and the G-20’s development work.

The letter did not hint on new initiatives similar to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, which was launched at the recently concluded G-8 summit. The two leaders only said they will welcome progress made on the implementation of the G-20 Action Plan on Food Price Volatility and Agriculture adopted last year. They, however, backed Mexico’s push for green growth to be part of the agenda.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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