Sunday, September 4, 2011

UN executive Brice Lalonde says pinpointing one key area will focus minds and boost progress on other development goals

The Rio+20 global development summit co-ordinator is pushing for a tight focus on agriculture in an attempt to inject new energy into the landmark event, the Guardian has learned.

Agriculture is a dominant concern in a year of famine and rising global food prices, and Lalonde believes focusing on the subject would help concentrate minds on the summit. He also argues it is impossible to work on agriculture in isolation; countries would, by default, have to make progress on other development goals.

Suzanne Goldenberg


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