Australia expects to spend up to 1.8 billion Australian dollars ($1.75 billion) over the next five years on efforts to improve food security in the developing world, the country’s foreign minister said at a sustainable agriculture summit held Sept. 29 in Brisbane, Australia.
Investing in food security to promote sustainable economic development is one of Australia’s five core foreign policy priorities, Kevin Rudd told delegates of the conference. He said the Australian government has adopted a three-pronged approach to address food security concerns as part of the country’s foreign aid program: promote agricultural productivity, support rural development and encourage creation of social safety nets for the world’s poorest populations.
On the priority region for its food security initiatives, Rudd said Australia will continue increasing its efforts in Asia and the Pacific given the persisting concerns there. But the country is increasingly looking at Africa as “a new pillar of our work on food security,” the minister noted.
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