On October 11, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) said biofuel development "should not compromise food security" and that the adequate food supply needs to be a priority for companies engaged in biofuel development. According to the CFS, sometimes "current biofuel production creates competition between biofuel crops and food crops." However, CFS called on biofuel researchers to improve the efficiency of biofuels and to devise solutions that will benefit all stakeholders, especially women and farmers in less developed countries.
In addition, CFS stressed the need for further investment in smallholder agriculture, recommending that countries consider how agricultural, urban, and rural policies could enable smallholder access to markets, appropriate training, research, technology and farm support services.
Click here to read the CFS press release.
Written by Joseph Negaard - Research Assistant
The Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
October 15, 2013