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UN food agency holds annual meeting

July 25, 2011 - ROME

The 37th annual United Nations Food and Agriculture Administration meeting will debate what to do about rising global food prices and also elect a new director general to replace Jacques Diouf, a Senegalese diplomat who has held the post since 1994. Six countries are fielding candidates. The agency notes that several countries have been buying huge stocks of cereals and other foods to head of social unrest.The six candidates are: Franz Fischler (Austria), José Graziano da Silva (Brazil), Indroyono Soesilo (Indonesia), Mohammad Saeid Noori Naeini (Iran), Abdul Latif Rashid (Iraq) and Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé (Spain).

; The 37th annual United Nations Food and Agriculture Administration meeting will debate what to do about rising global food prices and also elect a new director general to replace Jacques Diouf, a Senegalese diplomat who has held the post since 1994. Six countries have fielded candidates. The agency notes that several countries have been buying huge stocks of cereals and other foods to head of social unrest. The six candidates are: Franz Fischler (Austria), José Graziano da Silva (Brazil), Indroyono Soesilo (Indonesia), Mohammad Saeid Noori Naeini (Iran), Abdul Latif Rashid (Iraq) and Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé (Spain). ; The new director will serve from 1 Jan 2012 to 31 Jul 2015. Under recent reforms, the appointee will be eligible for only one additional four-year mandate. ; February's UN Food Price Index rose for the eighth consecutive month, to the highest levels since at least 1990. Every commodity group rose except sugar. ; In a recent interview with Reuters, Director-General Diouf noted the potential for a repeat of the food crisis of 2007-2008 in developing countries. He blamed the recent jump in oil prices and fast drawdown in global stocks of cereals. He added it was too early to determine whether the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the world's top grain importer, will have any effect on global supply or demand for agricultural products. ; The FAO said in its 2010-11 State of Food and Agriculture report that if women in rural areas had the same access to land, technology, financial services, education and markets as men, agricultural production could be increased and the number of hungry people would be reduced by 100-150 million. (WRITTEN APR 2011) ;

http://www.fao.org/

; The state of women and food in agriculture (FAO)

; World at risk of another food crisis: FAO (Reuters 14 Mar 2011)

; Global food crisis: Turmoil in Middle East will keep prices high (Washington Post 9 Mar 2011)

Date written/update: 2011-07-25