Developing Countries: Food

International Development written question – answered on 15th May 2008.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department is monitoring changes in dietary habits in regard to staple foods in (a) developing and (b) least developed countries; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Parliamentary Under-Secretary(Department for International Development) (Trade Policy) (also Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Trade and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for International Development), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

The Department for International Development (DFID) is monitoring changes in diet in developing and least developed countries. The Department does this in a number of different ways. We support global research by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and in particular the International Food Policy Research Institute. We support data gathering and analysis by the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). We liaise with our own in-country and regional offices and carry out our own analysis of CGIAR and FAO information.

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