FAO to hold high level seminars to help governments make informed policy decisions

08:54, March 09, 2011      

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Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Tuesday that it will run a series of seminars in different parts of the world "to help governments to make informed decisions on how to respond to high food prices."

The Rome-based UN food agency said the two-day seminars will be held from March to June "in Africa, Asia and Pacific, Central Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Near East in partnership with shareholders."

The first seminar is expected to take place in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 9-10.

The objective of the seminars is to exchange experiences from the last food price crisis between 2007 and 2008 and to become better acquainted with the pros and cons of the various policy measures mapped out in FAO's newly updated Guide for Policy and Programmatic Actions at Country Level to Address High Food Prices, the agency said in its press release.

"FAO feels it is essential that countries consider their policy options and steer away from decisions that might exacerbate the situation," said FAO Deputy Director-General Changchui He.

"During the last food crisis, the situation was aggravated when some countries imposed export restrictions or engaged in panic buying," he said.

"Governments should focus on mitigating the impact of high food prices on the poor and at the same time need to take steps that favor investment in agriculture," He added.

According to FAO Food Price Index, global food prices increased for the eighth consecutive month in February, with prices of all commodity groups monitored rising again, except for sugar. A tightening of the global cereal supply and demand balance in 2010 and 2011 is likely.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
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