Peace Seen by OECD’s Ash as Basic Condition for Food Security

The experience of African countries shows peace is a basic condition for food security, said Ken Ash, director for trade and agriculture at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Following are comments he made at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin yesterday:

“If you take out of the picture in sub-Saharan Africa those countries that are in conflict, the remaining countries have made tremendous progress in food security. Peace is a basic condition.”

“There isn’t much disagreement these days about the need to invest in agriculture. Returns on investment in research and development in agriculture are enormous, the numbers are almost beyond belief, but the lag time is really long. Maybe it’s time now to move onto the action phase of this particular debate.”

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