H-L World Food Security commitment

Date of commitment: 
June 2008


The Conference was convened to seek ways of achieving world food security and, in this context, to address challenges of higher food prices, climate change and bioenergy. The conclusions of the World Food Summit in 1996, and the objective, confirmed by the World Food Summit: five years later, of achieving food security for all through an ongoing effort to eradicate hunger in all countries, with an immediate view to reducing by half the number of undernourished people by no later than 2015 was reaffirmed, as well as commitment to achieving the MDGs.

Additional actions were committed:

  • Increase food security assistance for developing countries, in particular least developed countries and those that are most negatively affected by high food prices
  • Support for agricultural production and trade, by assist countries to put in place the revised policies and measures to help farmers increase production and integrate with local, regional, and international markets; concluding the WTO Doha Development Agenda; implementing an aid for trade and minimizing the use of restrictive measures.
  • Address the consequences of soaring food prices, with a combination of medium and long-term measures, such as establishment of agriculture systems and sustainable forest management practices that positively contribute to the mitigation of climate change and ecological balance; step up investment in science and technology for food and agriculture; continue efforts in liberalizing international trade in agriculture by reducing trade barriers and market distorting policies.


Reduce by half the number of undernourished people by no later than 2015.

No concrete numerical targets for increased assistance were set.


See related commitment listed above.


As above.


Commitment to eradicate hunger and other reaffirmed commitments are not new; see related commitment listed above. Since no concrete targets for increased ODA were set, it is not clear how this commitment relates to other ODA commitments. Commitments to support agricultural production and trade are not new, see Doha Round and Aid for Trade.