GLOBAL food security is an important issue on the agenda at the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Ministerial Conference.
Our own agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce was in attendance and delivered the keynote speech at the conference in Rome.
“Australia remains a staunch supporter of the multilateral trading system, a system with great potential to do more for farmers all over the world, and for global food security,” he said.
“Global food consumption is set to rise 11% per person by 2050 – the world will consume more in the next 50 years than we have in the whole of human history.”
Mr Joyce said Australia was well on its way to doubling the value of agricultural production.
“We have to start dealing with global food demand now,” he said.
“If we are serious about meeting global food demand – and I believe that there is no other viable alternative before us – we have to back our farmers.”
FAO is the only global body that deals with food and agriculture issues, and Australia is a founding member of the organisation, which was established in 1945.