Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Episcopal Church Primate calls for action on food

From ACNS-

The leader of the Episcopal Church in the United States has called for G20 agriculture ministers meeting in Paris today for strong action to combat high food prices.

The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal church in the US, has written to the US agriculture secretary Hon John Visak to press for a package of measures including:

More support for small farmers, especially women who produce up to 80 per cent of food in the poorest countries.

Action to stop speculation in food commodities.

An increase in investment in agriculture so that the richest countries in the world keep the promise they made to the poorest in the L’Aquila agreement.

The G20 ministers meet against a background of mounting concern over the price spikes and food insecurity that have left 900 million people around the world hungry. The French President has put food on the agenda for the G20 meeting in November, and next week’s agriculture ministers meeting will seek an agreement on the way forward.

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