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Excerpts from Director-General of FAO, Jacques Diouf, as he opened the Forum.



1. Agriculture and Water at stake.

Duration: 2min22sec



2. Priorities to address.

Duration: 2min49sec


Alain de Janvry, Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley.

Duration: 3min05sec


Babatunde Omilola, IFPRI-Washington, Africa's Coordinator for regional strategic analysis.

Duration: 2min08sec


Yudhvir Singh, India's Farmers Organizations/Via Campasina.

Duration: 2min04sec


Elizabeth Gauffin, Vice-President IFAP, Swedish dairy and organic farmer.

Duration: 1min18sec


Elenita Daño, Adviser Third World Network, Philippines.

Duration: 1min52sec



Lorenzo Ciccarese, Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research.

Duration: 1min13sec


How to Feed the World media interviews





Required investments include crops and livestock production as well as downstream support services such as cold chains, storage facilities, market facilities and first-stage processing. Kostas Stamoulis, Director of FAO's Agricultural Development Economics Division, talks about agriculture's investment needs.

Duration: 1min46sec


FAO's Eve Crowley - Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division - talks about the challenges facing African agriculture and calls for more investment in women.

Duration: 1min57sec


Poorest regions with the highest levels of chronic hunger are likely to be among the worst affected by climate change, according to FAO. While globally the impact of climate change on food production may be small, at least until 2050, the distribution of production will have severe consequences on food security. Leslie Lipper, FAO's economist has more.

Duration: 38 min


FAO Assistant Director-General Hafez Ghanem is confident that the meeting will address key challenges that the world faces, today.

Duration: 1min43sec


"The Technology Challenge" is one of several papers produced by the UN food agency to serve as starting points for panel discussions at the "High-Level Expert Forum on How to Feed the World in 2050". According to FAO's economist, David Dawe, increased investment in agricultural research is essential.

Duration: 1min54sec




The path to the Summit

Three important events have prepared the ground for the Summit:

The High-Level Expert Forum on How to Feed the World in 2050 examined policy options that governments should consider adopting to ensure that the world population can be fed when it nears its peak of nearly 9.2 billion people in the middle of this century.

The Committee on World Food Security considered reforms that will enable it to play a much more effective role in the global governance of food security.

The theme of World Food Day this year is how to ensure food security in times of crisis.