With food prices at historic levels, unrest is mounting around the world, particularly in import-dependent regions such as the Middle East. CFR’s Laurie Garrett says to meet demand going forward, countries will need to enhance food production and efficiencies.
CFR Senior Fellow Laurie Garrett says President Barack Obama’s agriculture development and food security initiative holds promise, but it must focus on how to assist women, who are responsible for the majority of agricultural work in Africa.
As the price of staple foods remains high, calls for aid and action have increased. Riots inHaiti and unrest around the globe have highlighted the dramatic effects of rising food prices in developing nations and the dire consequences for the world’s poor. Join our speakers to get anon-the-ground perspective of the crisis and discuss its causes and possible solutions.
Sub-Saharan Africa suffers from greater levels of water stress than many other regions in the world. Experts say wise economic development focused on infrastructure and improved treaties on water allocation are crucial to relieving this stress.