FAO Calls for G20 Action on Food Prices
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says the world's top farm producers in the Group of 20 countries must agree on a coordinated action to ease worries about food prices, as FAO and other experts bemoan a huge global waste of food and water.
FAO director-general, Jose Graziano Da Silva, says that he will not characterise the current food price rise as a crisis, but it could reach that level next year if harvests in the southern hemisphere were disappointing.
Da Silva believes that any coordination should involve avoiding unilateral export bans and encouraging substitution of foods, for instance the eating of beans in Latin American and of casava in Africa.
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