World food supply is at the heart of Millennium issues since 2000. Objective 1 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is to “eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.”
Ministers from those States representing 85% of world production, will meet on June 22 and 23, 2011, in Paris.
The need for such efforts is easily understood at a moment when, according to an FAO study from 2010, there are 925 million human beings suffering from malnutrition while prices for agricultural commodities have continued to rise in recent months.
France has therefore placed the volatility of food prices as its priority.
We must believe in an agreement, despite our differences; because the poorest populations are on the front lines when when agricultural prices soar.
The 2007-2008 food riots in Africa continue to haunt the continent.
This renders the following fact even more striking: Africa, the world’s second largest “reservoir” of arable land behind North America, is home to several hundreds of millions of undernourished people, 239 million of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa alone.