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Oct 19, 2009

UN wants tripling of agricultural development aid

EurActiv.com reports that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has stated on the occasion of World Food Day (16 October) that official international development aid should triple the amount it allocates to agriculture.  These statements are made in light of statistics that agriculture's share of official development assistance has plumeted from 17% in 1980 to 3.8% in 2006 to approximately 5% in 2009.

According to FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf, "[u]nderinvestment in agriculture is one of the root causes of the recent global food crisis and the difficulties encountered by the majority of developing countries in dealing with it effectively." 

For more see:  "UN Wants Tripling of Agricultural Development Aid," EurActiv.com, 19 Oct. 2009.

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