Efforts to eradicate asia pacific hunger stalling progress to protect environment
The latest international aid report, by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that an intensification of agricultural trade in arid, arid-zone countries is hindering the international effort to save the environment by threatening water resources, air quality, biodiversity and food security.
According to the report, which was released Monday, global food trade in the arid region has risen by more than 50 percent between 2006 and 200강남출장샵9, but has stalled, due to the fact that trade and investment patterns across the country have remained unchanged or changed little from 2006.
More than 40 percent of the countries in the South-east Asian region of Indonesia are in drought conditions, the report warned, in areas from the Himalayan highlands to India. The situation has worsened dramatically in recent years with almost a third of the world’s arid zones experiencing drought conditions in 2007.
The report warns that if current trends continue, the number of arid countries is predicted to rise from 35 to 43 by 2012. By the middle of this century, it is estimated that 1.25 billion acres of arid lands have been lost.
In 2009, the FAO assessed a $8 billion trade gap in arid countries, a finding which has been echoed by UN food agency FAO-Indonesia. A 2011 report by t온라인카지노he UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicated that, in 2009, the value of trade in arid markets grew at an annual rate of 28 percent.
“Drought conditions in some of Asia’s most arid regions are becoming more extreme. These countries are now receiving more of the agricultural input value from developing countries in order to feed their population, and this is putting them at a critical disadvantage,” said Richard Thompson, an associate professor of agribusiness economics at the University of New South Wales in Australia.
For now, the FAO wants its member countries to work towards increasing the amount of organic and wild rice they import.
But, the report warned, the global trade in edible oil is falling, which means that many of the world’s richest nations, including the United States, are taking a hit.
The FAO recommended that countries develop “green” agriculture based on local and organic agriculture and that countries implement sustainable development programmes for agricultura포커l productivity, which would enable food crops to increase faster through greater utilisation.
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