G20 Urged to Tackle Food Crisis in Upcoming Summit

Ways to get the world back on track to fight hunger and to address food security concerns among developing nations should be high on the agenda of G-20 leaders meeting this week in France, a non-governmental organization official has noted.

“It is wrong to think the litmus test for a successful G-20 is limited to the solving the debt crisis in Europe,” Martin Thomas, head of external engagement and public affairs of World Vision Australia, writes in an opinion piece in ABC News.

Instead, the G-20 should discuss and plot concrete measures to address the food crisis that is crippling developing countries across the globe, Thomas says. One measure the G-20 can consider is to increase investments in small farmers in the developing world, he adds.

“Direct assistance to small farms can reduce poverty and hunger, create employment and inject funds into impoverished rural communities,” Thomas explains, adding that providing better support to small farmers as part of a broader global strategy could “put the fight against hunger back on track.”

Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, echoes Thomas’ sentiments. De Schutter goes on further to say, “The G-20 made an important statement of intent by placing food security at the top of its agenda. But agreeing on a food security action plan without addressing biofuels and speculation would be like running a bath without putting in the plug. All of the good ideas simply drain away.” 

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