MORE than 100 representatives Of NGOS
from 20 Asian and Pacific countries predicted a gloomy future for Asian food
stocks, when they recently held a two-
day meeting in Bangkok to draft a
regional platform in preparation for the
World Food Summit in November. As
more Asian countries jump on to the
bandwagon of rapid urban industrialisation, traditional agriculture and farming communities fall into neglect. This
in turn would result in food shortage in
the continent as well as in the whole
world. The world has about 800 million
malnourished people of which more
than 500 million live in the Asia-Pacific
The declaration observed that the 1974 World Food Conference had promised to work towards a world without hunger. But today there were more hungry people, more poor farmers and agriculture was in a poorer state. Though global agricultural production is on par with the growing population, poor countries are denied their share of food. Global trade policies were proving detrimental toy poor Asian farmers who could not compete with low international prices.
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