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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Food security will remain a critical issue for the international community

Following the Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change, which took place in Hanoi in early September 2012, the Netherlands delegation took the opportunity during the last meeting of the Council on Agriculture and fisheries and briefed the ministers on the main conclusions made.
The conference, co-organised by the Netherlands and Vietnam, constituted a follow-up of a similar conference which took place in the Hague in November 2010.  The event in Vietnam underscored that food security is and will remain a critical issue for the international community, given that global food production must rise by at least 70 percent in 2050 in order to feed 9 billion people.
It recognized that food security, poverty, climate change, and sustainable development are closely linked, and can no longer be considered separately. It insisted on the fact that agricultural policies have an important role to play with regard to these challenges.

Source: Council of the EU