G8 Summit: Partnership with Africa Can Improve Agriculture & Food Security

Historically, African governments have
 spent much less on agriculture than their
counterparts in other developing countries,
but now is the time to reverse that trend.
Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region of the
developing world expected to have more poor
people in 2015 than it did in 1990. Hunger and
malnutrition continue to affect nearly
30 percent of the population.After more than two decades of neglect, official development assistance (ODA) to agriculture is gradually on the rise. From the mid-2000s to 2009, ODA commitments to agriculture increased from US$5 billion to nearly US$10 billion, not counting contributions from all multilateral donors. During the same time period, the share of total official development assistance spent on agriculture grew from 4 to 6 percent. At the G8 summit in L’Aquila in 2009, world leaders pledged more than US$20 billion to boost food security and agricultural development. And last year, a multilateral fund, the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, was launched with the goal of improving agricultural production, crop productivity, and food security. Tell a Friend

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