Ban stressed the plight of the world’s 50 poorest nations, whose population he referred to as the “bottom billion”.
“The rising economic tide has not lifted all boats. The poor in 142 of the world’s nations are being pulled into the growing global economy. But those of the other 50, the poorest of the world’s poor, are not. The global boom has passed them by,” he said.
Lula emphasised the need to find a sustainable solution to the rise in global food prices.
“The food price hikes should not result in strategies for the poorest and the most needy. We must develop mechanisms to ensure that the most needy do not lack food.
|Global food crisis|
Food riots have erupted in Haiti, Egypt, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Madagascar, the Philippines and Haiti in the past month
In Pakistan and Thailand, army troops have been deployed to avoid food being seized from fields and warehouses
Prices in these countries for foodstuffs such as rice, wheat, sorghum and maize have doubled
Causes of crisis range from financial speculation on food commodities, desertification, population increases, China and India’s economic growth and use of grains to make biofuels
Cost of funding projects enabling governments to tackle food crisis could be up to $1.7bn
However, world cereal production in 2008 is projected to increase by 2.6 per cent to a record 2,164 million tonnes
Source: United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)
He said EMBRAPA represented “the spearhead of our conviction to extend to developing countries, and more specifically to African countries, the benefits that EMBRAPA has brought and will continue to bring to Brazil”.