Hunger: Africa must have a voice, says Annan

2012-06-01 14:36

Cape Town - Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan has called for African countries to have "a voice in the ongoing global food security dialogue", according to a statement.

In a speech delivered on his behalf at the Caritas International annual conference in Vienna on Friday, Annan who is also Chairperson of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), outlined how food security for the world's poorest could be achieved by reforming global food systems.

He called for important structural reforms to make the most of Africa's agricultural potential.

"We need... to increase research into new crops and techniques which focus on the challenges of farmers and farming in the developing world. This must include how we can use new crop varieties and managing water so harvests can be increased and land helped to stay productive despite climate change," said Annan.

"Too often the interests of the developing world are overshadowed by the needs of large farming enterprises in the developed world."

Annan called for the rediscovery of common values and purpose to help the world's weakest and most vulnerable citizens.


  • Kevin - 2012-06-01 15:00

    yes quite amazing Africa has land, plenty water and miles of coastline yet we are unable to feed ourselves and people are starving - what is it....?

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-06-01 15:38

    farmers and farming in the developing world (only again for a selcted few, bugger the rest whose been trying to farm all these years and giving food to SA). What a shame.

  • Henry - 2012-06-01 15:57

    Annan can go ask mugarbage about farming if it's so important,maybe he should also mention to africa's leaders how it's projected that the begging bowls population is set to climb from 1 billion to 2 billion beggers.

      sterling.ferguson.5 - 2012-06-01 16:44

      Instead of traveling around the world making speeches, Annan should lead by examples, he should buy a farm and grow food. Warren Buffets is one of the richest men in the world and his son is on his tractor plowing his field growing wheat and corn.

  • Brad - 2012-06-02 08:29

    Africa stands in a position to be a dominant global player, in terms of its richest resource - Good arable land with Good water supplies. Yet it fails to even begin to compete. This is because greed and corruption dominate its governance,it fails to educate its children, and tribal squabbling dominates its foreign policy's. When Africa finally starts electing leaders on a non-tribal basis, who put the interests of their citizens first....we will make China & India's economies look silly. THAT is how you get revenge for the evils of colonialism. Make Europe and the West come to Africa for their food supplies.

      Warwick - 2012-06-02 22:00

      They are to stupid to do it. Rather steal, rape, murder and corrupt their way to wealth. Why do a single thing when the bleeding hearts in the west will always bail you out.

      Michael McN - 2012-06-02 22:35

      Brad is correct. Even we in America admit this.

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