Major Funding Needed For Food Security

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ROME, Oct. 18 (UPI) — Major international investments are needed to make sure the world has enough resources to address food security, U.N. officials said from Rome.

A report published last week from the heads of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Program concluded higher food prices are likely to make developing countries more vulnerable to nutrition insecurity.

The agencies determined that many African countries, which rely on imports for food products, are at significant risk.

FAO Director General Jacques Diouf said from Rome that more than $80 billion is needed to make sure the world has enough food in 2050.

“The world has the knowledge and financial means needed to ensure food security for all, and thus a more stable world,” he said in a statement. “Now is the time to make it happen.”

African leaders assembled in Rome said their region is hurting from the drought gripping much of the region. The United Nations estimates that more than 13 million people are feeling the effects of one of the worst droughts to hit the region in more than 50 years.

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