Kofi Annan Calls for Structural Reforms to Ensure African Food Security
Awramba Times (Washington DC) – Former UN Secretary-General and Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Kofi Annan today outlines how food security for the world’s poorest can be achieved by reforming global food systems.
In a speech to be delivered at Caritas International’s annual conference in Vienna, Mr Annan calls for improved coordination of food and nutrition programmes to strengthen the world’s food and nutrition security.
Mr Annan warns that after decades when the overall price of food fell and the number of people going hungry declined, this trend has now been reversed – food prices are increasing and millions of people are being pushed into abject poverty.
According to the press statement sent from Kofi Annan foundation to Awramba Times, Annan outlines three areas for major structural reforms:
1) Improving global governance and overhauling unfair trade rules to deliver a more powerful voice for developing countries in global decision-making bodies.
2) Significantly increasing agricultural investment – including for research –in developing countries, encouraging greater private sector engagement and ensuring continued support from richer countries.
3) Increasing investment in small-holder farmers, in particular women farmers, through providing access to credit, markets and the latest knowledge in farming practices.
Mr Annan calls for action, optimism and entrepreneurship to solve these issues, and for the rediscovery of common values and purpose to help the world’s weakest and most vulnerable citizens. He expresses his hope that the Rio+20 Conference will lead to the adoption and implementation of the policies needed for sustainable development and a more equitable world.