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'Virtuous circle' of politics, innovation needed to beat hunger - expert

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To combat the daily reality of hunger, the world must create a “virtuous circle” where rural farmers produce a better yield as an engine not only to boost rural economic growth, but to improve economic growth worldwide, said Sir Gordon Conway during a webcasted discussion with UN food agencies in Rome. “Agriculture and food security are important not just to the rural economy but to the world economy as a whole,” said the international development expert at Imperial College London during the two-day discussion with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Conway’s recent book, “One Billion Hungry: Can we feed the world?” looks at expected increases in hunger in coming decades and addresses the inter-related issues – climate change, food price spikes and a growing population – the world must overcome to maintain the global food supply and prevent a 2050 food crisis as the world’s population grows from 7 billion to an expected 9 billion.