Saudi Arabia to fund FAO World Food Security Summit

Thu, 07/30/2009 - 15:38 -- apc secretariat

30 July 2009, Rome - Saudi Arabia has decided to meet the costs, estimated at $2.5 million, of the upcoming World Summit on Food Security to be held at FAO Headquarters in Rome from 16 to18 November 2009, FAO announced today.

The Summit was called by FAO to reverse the downward trend of investments in agriculture and return to the 1980 level of 17 percent of Official Development Assistance (ODA) with a view to eradicating hunger, which now affects one billion persons, and to double food production for a world population set to reach nine billion in 2050. Heads of State and Government of Members of FAO and the UN are expected to attend the Summit.