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Monday, 18 March 2013

Video Guest: Kostas Stamoulis, FAO

Video Guest: Kostas Stamoulis, FAO from CTA on Vimeo.


The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1 will certainly not be met by 2015. However, we have a lot of cases - close to 40 - of countries which approach to the goal.
Africa unfortunately is the region with the fewer number of good performers, and overall is not set to meet the goal
’ (Kostas Stamoulis, director of the Agricultural Development Economics Division at FAO).

On the occasion of the presentation of the recent FAO Report on the State of Food and Agriculture 2012, CTA Brussels met with Kostas Stamoulis, the director of the Agricultural Development Economics Division at FAO to discuss the changes needed to be implemented in order to meet the 1st Millennium Development Goal (MDG 1) of reducing by half the number of people suffering of hunger by 2015, and to improve the state of agriculture in developing countries.

Main ideas:

- MDG1 cannot be reached by 2015
- There are almost 40 countries which approach to the MDG1
- Africa overall is not set to meet the goal.
- A revised and improved methodology presents new estimates of undernourishment, and a more pronounced decline in the prevalence of hunger from 1992 to the current period
- In order to improve the state of agriculture in developing countries, it is not enough to increase productivity, but also be able to access markets, with lower transaction costs.

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