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UN’s 2010 World Economic and Social Survey Sees Key Role for Agriculture in Retooling Global Development

July 12, 2010

World Economic and Social Survey 2010: Retooling Global Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, July 2010

From the report: As the world emerges from its worst recession since the Second World War, it is important to remind ourselves that interdependence across nations is an essential feature of economic development. Over the past few years, many have come to feel that interdependence is the carrier of economic distress. Skyrocketing food and energy prices have affected the livelihoods of many. The strong rise in food prices during 2007 and 2008 exposed not only the structural basis of food insecurity—the result of decades of underinvestment in agriculture, especially in developing countries—but also the interconnectedness of such insecurity with other global problems. The effects of climate change are already being felt in many parts of the world in the form of more frequent and intense droughts and excessive rainfall which have exacerbated food insecurity and intensified price volatility.

Access the report here.

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