G8 Leaders Turn Attention to World Food Supplies

World | July 10, 2009, Friday // 09:30|  views

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Leaders of the G8 developed nations are to unveil new efforts to boost food supplies to the hungry, during the final day of their summit in Italy.

They are expected to commit as much as USD 15 B to efforts to help poor nations develop their own agriculture, the BBC reported.

On Thursday, the second day of talks, the summit focused on climate change. Leaders from both developed and developing nations agreed that global temperatures should not rise more than 2C above 1900 levels.

That is the level above which, the UN says, the Earth's climate system would become dangerously unstable.

On Friday, the summit in the Italian city of L'Aquila is turning to the issue of food security.

World Bank President Robert Zoellick, who is at the summit, emphasised that food aid would also still be necessary.

Political breakdowns and weather problems will disrupt supplies, he said, but he is keen to see more effort made to develop the farming sector.


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