Forum for the Future of Agriculture

The UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agriculture and Food for Development has recently published a report “Why No Thought for Food?” criticising the Department for International Development for its underinvestment in agriculture.

The report addresses the link between food security and peace and prosperity, particularly with reference to the economically underdeveloped sub-Saharan Africa, where rural poverty is vast.

Whilst food aid is effective to battle hunger in the short term, it does not offer long term solutions to the development of a stable rural economy. Africa has enormous potential for improvements in both large-scale and small-scale farming if foreign aid and investments are allocated accordingly.

Highlighting the experience of the UK and other European countries, the report emphasises the need for greater investment into science and technology in Africa to ensure sustainable agricultural systems and the possibility for farmers to help mitigating climate change across the continent.

“25 years ago the world came together to try to feed Africa, in 25 years time Africa could feed the world.” writes Hilary Benn (Secretary of State for the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), one of 29 experts contributing to the report.

We invite you to discuss the politics and economics of food at this year’s Forum for the Future of Agriculture FFA2010, taking place on March 16. To register, please follow the instructions on www.forumforagriculture.com.

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