European Agricultural Research, World Food Situation and Development

Agricultural Research after the World Food Summit
  • Stein W. Bie
Conference paper


The World Food Summit is over, and on behalf of the Director General, Mr Jacques Diouf and FAO, I am pleased to be able to give you a report on the outcome of the Summit, with particular emphasis on matters that relate to research issues. You will appreciate that FAO does view research in a more global than European setting. FAO’s immediate concern is with food insecure in poor countries rather than in Europe. Food insecurity in Europe is — with the possible exception of areas in Russia — currently a question of purchasing power at household level. However, the research paradigm that underlies European agricultural research is surprisingly similar to that which has guided tropical agricultural research over the last few decades.


Social Capital Food Security Agricultural Research Food Insecure Natural Capital 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stein W. Bie
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  1. 1.Research, Extension and Training Division Sustainable Development DepartmentFood and Agriculture Organization of the United NationsRomeItaly

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