Spelman calls for agricultural revolution to feed the world.

Caroline Spelman, Defra secretary, has called for an agricultural 'revolution' to feed the global population which is expected to reach 9bn within 40 years.

She said that opening up global commodity markets would reduce price volatility and benefit the world's poorest people.  She went on to say that an integrated approach to food security was vital to reduce poverty, tackle climate change and reduce biodiversity loss.

"The UK government is determined to show the international leadership needed to make that happen," said Mrs Spelman.

Unlocking an agricultural revolution in the developing world could be achieved by improving access to knowledge, technology, markets and infrastructure. "To fuel this revolution, we must open up global markets, boost global trade and make reforms that help the poorest," Mrs Spelman said. "Trade restrictions must be avoided, especially at times of scarcity."

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