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Developing Countries: Agriculture

International Development written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Chris White Chris White Conservative, Warwick and Leamington

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to help assist in increasing food production in the developing world; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

In 2010-11, the Department for International Development (DFID) invested £65 million in agricultural research aimed at increased food production, including £36.7 million through support for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Evidence suggests that for every $1 invested in this global partnership at least an additional $9 worth of additional food is produced in developing countries (Raizer 2003).

As the recent Foresight study by the Government Office of Science into Global Food and Farming Futures states:

"food production will have to increase by 70% and 100% just to keep up with demand".

This will be hugely challenging for the global food system. DFID and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) will be jointly assessing the recommendations to determine what follow up action to take.

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