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The FAO must do more to promote food as a basic human right

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Should the UN's leading food security agency prioritise helping countries boost their agricultural production with subsidised chemical fertiliser, or promote ecological farming practices? Should it help countries protect themselves against import surges, or open them to the global marketplace? Should it work exclusively with national ministries of agriculture, or demand inter-ministerial and civil society participation? (..) Supporting countries and regions to design their food security strategies is the bread and butter of what the FAO does – and has yielded many impressive results.