16 October 2012 is World Food Day; a date chosen to mark the anniversary of the founding of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Accordingly, FAO, chaired by French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll, brought together on this date ministers from 20 countries including major producers and import-dependent developing countries, to discuss the global governance of food security.
Food price increases and supply volatility have been impacted by droughts and harvest declines in key food-exporting countries and regions such as the United States, Europe and Australia. One potential solution under discussion is the proposal to set up strategic food reserves in particularly vulnerable countries. To ensure global governance on food issues, it was also proposed to create an overarching body, the International Alliance Against Hunger. The Alliance would bring together many different groups, including food producers and consumers, international organizations, governments, agribusiness, scientists, academics, private individuals, policy makers, religious groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)