8 Jul 2010

Increase spending on food production, Asian nations told

8:43 am on 8 July 2010

Asian countries have been told to invest much more money in agriculture to avert a food crisis.

At a conference in the Philippines, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, Jacques Diouf, said Asia has given the farm sector a low priority.

He said spending must immediately rise by 50% to contain hunger and future rises in food prices.