Food Security Strategy


Currently, over 800 million people or 13 per cent of the world’s population are undernourished. Some 200 million children aged under five suffer from protein and energy deficiencies. The Australian Government and other United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) members at the 2002 World Food Summit: Five Years Later in Rome supported achieving food security for all. The Australian Government views a more open trade system as central to increasing food security. We are committed to trade liberalisation as the key to promoting global food security. Australia strongly supports food security based on self-reliance. We recognise the complementary roles of domestic production and international trade, according to the principles of comparative advantage, as the most efficient way to achieve food security. Some developing countries have improved their competitive position and exploited opportunities resulting from trade liberalisation. However some resource-poor countries have lacked the capacity to do so. Australian support for agricultural training and policy research has assisted these countries maximise the benefits from their participation in the Doha Round of World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations.

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