5 Noteworthy Quotes on Agriculture from the 2012 World Economic Forum

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Once again, agriculture is a priority topic at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 in Davos, Switzerland. Below are some noteworthy quotes:

  • “We can help poor farmers sustainably increase their productivity so they can feed themselves and their families. By doing so, they will contribute to global food security. But that will happen only if we prioritize agricultural innovation….The world faces a clear choice. If we invest relatively modest amounts, many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families. If we don’t, one in seven people will continue living needlessly on the edge of starvation. My annual letter this year is an argument for making the choice to keep on helping extremely poor people build self-sufficiency.”

– Bill Gates, 2012 Annual Letter, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • “Investing in agriculture brings one of the highest returns you can have,”

– Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012.

  • “Poor rural farmers need better access to resources, better employment, lower food prices, more food production and more food stocks, including emergency reserves. I’m confident that we can feed the whole world. The problem is not supply—it is access to food and to natural resources like land and water. We need to figure out how to feed the world without depleting our natural resources.”

– José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

  • “It’s clear that agriculture, done right, is the best means the world has today to simultaneously tackle food security, poverty and environmental degradation.”

– Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods.

  • “With commodity prices high, farmers want yield. Feeding the world is going to be a big issue, and science is going to help that.”

– Ellen Kullman, Chair of the Board and CEO of DuPont.

To read more about the 2012 World Economic Forum meeting, please click the links below:

http://www.gatesfoundation.org/annual-letter/2012/Pages/home-en.aspx

http://www.wfp.org/stories/thought-leaders-davos-discuss-how-ensure-food-security

http://www.hu-online.org/index.php/j-stuff/category-blog/363-private-sector-grows-food-security

http://www.ingredientsnetwork.com/news-content/full/davos-2012-kraft-shares-a-vision-for-agriculture

http://www.cnbc.com/id/46164670

Image credit: World Economic Forum

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