Strengthen governance at all levels: DG, FAO

Hyderabad, Jan 4 | Updated: Jan 5 2006, 05:33am hrs
The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) believes that it is time to strengthen the governance of the food and agriculture system at the global, country and local levels. Besides, there is a need to scale up public investment for agricultural and rural development in order to achieve the millennium development goals (MDGs).

While the flagship Food Security Programme of 1994 is working on food security programmes, interestingly, the assistance has declined by 50% from $514 billion to $2.2 billion. Hence, lending, which is an important criteria, has to be increased, according to FAO director general Dr Jacques Diouf.

Public spending on research has fallen from 0.8% to 0.03%, Dr Diouf said. Much has to be done to translate research into concrete action. In the present scenario, only South America and the Caribbean are able to meet the MDGs.

However, the FAO intends to increase support to the National Agricultural Research Systems for achieving the MDGs with proven technologies and research. Incidentally, there are around 850 million undernourished people of which 61% are in the Asia-Pacific countries.