The recent positive performance of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa indicates a break with the past and the outlook for the sector is improving. However “concerted and purposeful policy action” is required to maintain the momentum. Here, FAO's Eve Crowley talks about the challenges facing African agriculture.

FAO's Leslie Lipper discusses how climate change will affect world food production.

Poorest regions with the highest levels of chronic hunger are likely to be among the worst affected by climate change. Many developing countries, particularly in Africa, could become increasingly dependent on food imports.

FAO's Hafez Ghanem on how to feed the world by 2050

Hafez Ghanem, Assistant Director-General for FAO's Economic and Social Development Department, discusses some of the challenges that lie ahead.



FAO's David Dawe talks about the role technology can play in boosting world food production.

Boosting agricultural production to the levels needed to feed an expanded world population will require sharply increased public investment in research and development and widespread adoption of new technologies, farming techniques and crop varieties.




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.