Magazine article International Trade Forum

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Somalia is facing one of the worst food crises the world has seen in 80 years. The scale of the humanitarian disaster provides an ominous backdrop to this issue of International Trade Forum as we focus on food security, agriculture and trade development.

Trade sits at the very heart of the food debate. The relationship between food production and its distribution to those who consume it is fundamental to a healthy and secure society, It is our role through Aid for Trade to help to build capacity, not only at the production end but throughout the full value chain. Emergencies, such as in the Horn of Africa, put a sharp focus on this, where, logistics are the key to addressing the problem.

It is also important to note thai developing countries are the biggest.suppliers of food/aid during emergencies. The World Food Programme states that 80% of their food aid is sourced from developing countries as close to the zone as possible. Therefore, whatever we can doto the productivity and efficiency of food production and distribution .in those countries wiM greatly impact the humanitarian outcomes,

Ensuring food and nutrition security for a world population that will likely expand from 7 to 9 billion people by 2050 has become an increasingly important topic on development agendas. Addressing many challenges posed by issues such as climate change ? water and land use, population growth, energy security, migration and urbanization will not only require technical innovation but also significant policy intervention and investment,

At the Third Aid for Trade Global Review hosted by the World Trade Organization CWTO). in July 2011, United. Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke about the food crisis. saying, 'We must fully utilize the potential of Aid for Trade to advance food and nutrition security.'

WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy emphasized this point in saying, 'We can do a better job of explaining why Aid for Trade can support broader policy objectives like poverty alleviation, social welfare, food security gender empowerment, climate change adaptation, energy generation and sustainable development.'

Addressing issues, related to food security centres on building confidence and quality through robust and efficient supply chain systems, Putting the right kind of organization behind informal, small and micro producers and organizing supply chains ina way that ensures proper distribution is fundamental. …

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