Delegates from the United Nations's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have been discussing the world's food situation.
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Background: ROME, ITALY
Delegates from the United Nations's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have been discussing the world's food situation. They convened in Rome on April 13 for the eight session of the Committee on World Food Security to discuss methods of harvesting enough food to meet the world's needs. Delegates were told that in the past nine years, there had been an overall surplus of cereals which allowed for partial rebuilding of stocks and replanting. But in the late 1970s, there were substantial crop failures in Sub-Saharan Africa adn the Soviet Union. The crop failures in Africa had led to severe refugee problems. Th Soviet grain deficiency was partly offset by exports from the United States, but FAO source predicted an overall drop in world coarse grain production for this year, largely due to reduced planting in the U.S. In his annual report, the director-general of the FAO, Mr. Edouard Saouma, said the problem of basic food production to meet the per capita needs was most critical in Africa, and added it could only be combatted by concerted international support. He said while this year, African imports of grain were expected to increase by almost 400,000 tonnes to a total of over 12 million, the rise, may not enough to maintain personal nourishment levels. Mr. Saouma said the prospects in southern Africa for this year had deteriorated, for the second consecutive year, to the point where severe crop failures were anticipated. He proposed increasing unallocated funds from the U.N. to buy seed stocks, fertilisers and agriculture machinery.
Source: REUTERS - ANGELO FIORI