World leaders meet in
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will inaugurate the conference by unveiling an action plan to confront the scourge, said diplomats ahead of the conference, which lasts through Thursday at the Food and Agricultural Organisation’s headquarters here.
The plan was put together by a crisis team involving the heads of several U.N. agencies and the Bretton Woods institutions, said the sources.
Unrest tied to food price inflation has erupted in
Mr.Diouf warned of civil war in some countries because of global food shortage and called for a revamp of the international food system.He said international leaders had failed to act on warnings by the FAO, leading to what is called a ‘predicatable catastrophe’
Participants at the High-Level Conference on World Food Security will discuss short term solutions and strategies to deal with the effects of global warming. growing demand for biofuels and a crumbling agriculture sector in the developing world.The crisis has sparked riots,protests and export restrictions worldwide.
The FAO is calling for between $ 1.2 billion and $ 1.7 billion in emergency aid to deliver seed and fertilizer to countries in need for 2008-09, though the