This opinion piece from Nature magazine offers offers some insightful comments on how we could work to solve major problems in the global food and agricultural system.
According to Joachim von Braun (director of the Center for Development Research and professor for Economic and Technological Change – Bonn University) the problem is that no independent body exists that is able to represent the interests of all nations.
von Braun thinks that as long as the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) (currently administered by FAO) "remains under the control of UN organizations…and depends for funding on the very organizations it is supposed to guide," its hands are tied.
He suggests that the CFS be given the power to operate independently, to encourage government-to-goverment networks that would induce the kind of cooperation that would be beneficial to all.
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