FAO Reform: Director-General Diouf Calls for New World Agricultural Order

FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf 19 November 2008: Speaking at the 35th Special Session of

the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Conference, taking place from 18-22

November 2008, in Rome, Italy, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf outlined a

strategy for a new global system for food security that would ensure that

production meets growing demand in the face of climate change and the need for

environmental conservation.

He proposed holding a World Food Summit in the

first half of 2009, to “lay the ground for a new system of governance of world

food security and an agricultural trade that offers farmers, in developed and

developing countries alike, the means of earning a decent living.” Among other

issues, the Summit should discuss how to generate the investments needed to

build rural infrastructure and increase agricultural productivity in the developing


He suggested strengthening the FAO's Committee on Food Security (CFS) to

monitor the international food situation, prevent international food crises,

and help develop and implement policies at all levels to ensure food security.

Diouf further proposed an international panel of experts building on existing

external advisory panels of experts in crop, livestock, fisheries, forestry and

socioeconomic aspects of food and agriculture, which could be modeled on the

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The 35th Special Session of

the FAO Conference is considering the Immediate Plan of Action for FAO Renewal,

which aims to reform FAO governance structures to enable it, among other

things, to more effectively respond to global environmental challenges

affecting food and agriculture, such as increased water scarcity, loss of

biodiversity, extreme weather events and other effects of climate change. [FAO Press Release]


by Director-General Jacques Diouf] [Draft Immediate Plan

of Action for FAO Renewal]