The Director of the United Nations-sponsored World Food Council has warned that Africa--which he called the world's hungriest contingent--faces an emergency unless drastic steps are taken to increase local food production.
Mr. Maurice J. Williams, Executive Director, World Food Council, speaking in English to the United National Economic and Social Council in Geneva
WILLIAMS: "In 1950, for example, these countries were all self-sufficient but as needs have risen, as cities have grown, standards of life for a number of people have increased. Production has not kept up and the subsistence sector which is by definition a traditional sector which does not benefit from research, which does not benefit from planned investments to the same extent as other sectors, has fallen behind. That trend will continue unless efforts are made to reverse it, and these are the efforts that I have described to you. The world can now address this problem if it will. The longer it waits the more difficult the situation is going to be. In other words, if now, in the beginning years of the nineteen-eighties we really turn with what I call a priority for food in the national context, because that's where it must be done and with international support, by the end of the decade we can be on our way to solving the hunger problem. If we delay say fie, six, seven years, then the problem will be much..will be increasingly severe and much harder to get."
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Background: The Director of the United Nations-sponsored World Food Council has warned that Africa--which he called the world's hungriest contingent--faces an emergency unless drastic steps are taken to increase local food production. Mr. Maurice J. Williams told a news conference in Geneva on Tuesday (15 July) that too much money is being spent in many of Africa's poorer countries on importing food instead of growing it. later, addressing the UN Economic and Social Council, Mr. Williams called for urgent food relief, particularly in East Africa, where millions are threatened by famine.