G8 summit & CSD-17 result?

Just wondering if discussions at the G8 summit about agriculture & food production and the request for more investment in agricultural production in developing countries are related to the outcomes of the CSD-17 negotiations…. I sure hope so!

Below is part of the article of today’s BBC website:

G8 summit to tackle food supplies

President Obama at G8 summit

President Barack Obama is travelling to Africa later on Friday

Leaders of the G8 developed nations are to unveil new efforts to boost food supplies to the hungry, during the final day of their summit in Italy.

They are expected to commit as much as $15bn (£9.2bn) to efforts to help poor nations develop their own agriculture.

On Friday, the summit in the Italian city of L’Aquila is turning to the issue of food security.

BBC economics correspondent Andrew Walker says the idea is to put more emphasis on helping people feed themselves.

G8 KEY ISSUES/TIMETABLE
0630 GMT – impact of economic crisis on Africa, African leaders attending
0830 GMT – food security
1100 GMT – final news conference
G8 members: Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, US

That is to be achieved with more investment in the agriculture of developing countries, and the G8 nations – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the US – are expected to pledge significant resources, our correspondent adds.

However, World Bank President Robert Zoellick, who is at the summit, emphasised that food aid would still be necessary.

Political breakdowns and weather problems will disrupt supplies, he said, but he is keen to see more effort made to develop the farming sector.

Kanaya Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, told the BBC that he welcomed the expected announcement of more investment in agricultural development in the developing world.

“It is time for us to switch because food security is not just food aid,” he said. “It is the ability of people to produce food locally and for them to be able to have access to local markets.”

I couldn’t agree more.

In His Tablets (p.90), Baha’u’llah says:

Special regard must be paid to agriculture. Although it hath been mentioned in the fifth place, unquestionably it precedeth the others. Agriculture is highly developed in foreign lands, however in Persia it hath so far been grievously neglected. It is hoped that His Majesty the Shah — may God assist him by His grace — will turn his attention to this vital and important matter.

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