Africa And India Team Up To Ensure Food Security

India and Africa vowed yesterday to strive together for food security and called on the western world to rethink diverting huge food stocks for bio fuel, creating shortages and driving up prices in poorer countries.

Rising food and oil prices threaten many African economies and are a headache for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government, which faces national elections next year.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned yesterday that high food prices and shortages would continue in the short term, making some poorer countries vulnerable to food riots.

While the move to turn food into bio fuel has benefited a handful of grain-surplus African countries such as Uganda, speakers at the {2 day }summit {in New Delhi India} blamed the tactic for skyrocketing prices and shortages.

“It is a challenge in the sense that there is this problem of shortage of food in a number of countries and there is a problem of high prices,” Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Tanzanian president and head of the African Union, said.

“These days the farms have been put to bio fuel production creating a shortage of food and therefore creating a problem of high prices.” He said Africa just needed to solve its agricultural production problems to produce enough that could not only feed the continent, but also provide for the world.

{Adapted from International Press Reports}

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