Call for Increased Food Production Issued at High-Level Special
Meeting of UN Panel
At a special meeting of the UN Economic and
Social Council on the global food crisis, Council President Leo
Merores (Haiti) has called for increased food production to ensure
adequate future supplies. "Agriculture has to be put back at the
centre of the development agenda." A substantive session
scheduled in July will convene roundtable and panel discussions
on food security, he said.
The Representative of Antigua and Barbuda,
speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 developing countries and
China, said the crisis was essentially one of development,
occuring largely because locally produced food had been
discouraged in past decades.
Sri Lankan Ambassador to the UN, Prasad Kariyawasam insisted
the right to food is a fundamental human right. "Food is a
primary necessity for the very survival of the human race. it is
our common responsibility to ensure that no human being is denied
this basic right."