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In quotes: G8 food pledge assessed

G8 nations have promised to provide $20bn (£12bn) to boost agriculture in the developing world. The following are reactions to the pledge.

STAFFAN DE MISTURA, VICE-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME

"$20bn was a last-minute agreement and it was greeted with great happiness by all of us in the conference room.

While we are rebuilding agriculture we need to continue supporting food assistance because the financial crisis is pushing another 103 million people into hunger this year."

JACQUES DIOUF, DIRECTOR-GENERAL, UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANISATION

"The most important thing is the shift in policy and focus on the need to help hungry and poor people to produce their own food. That's the biggest shift in strategy I have seen over the past two decades.

We still have a lot of work to do, but this time I believe we will deliver, because this was the initiative of [US] President Barack Obama, so Yes We Can."

PATRICK WATT, HEAD OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, WORLD VISION

"The G8 wanted to pull a big rabbit out of the hat on the final day, but it's still unclear how much of this sum is an illusion and how much is a real effort to end global hunger.

How much of this is new money? Will it reach the countries most affected by hunger? Leaders have not said how the initiative will be rolled out; how much of it will be loans and how much grants? It is also unclear how much of this money will be tied.

SARAH GILLAM, ACTIONAID

"The final pledge doesn't change much. It is a welcome step in the right direction to get food on table for the one billion hungry, but it's not enough to feed them all.

Aid for food must reach at least $23bn a year by 2020 to reach the Millennium Development Goal of halving hunger by 2050.

This takes the G8 much closer but there is still a way to go. Also, is this all additional money? Given the G8 record on delivery, this is still very much a work in progress."

GAWAIN KRIPKE, SPOKESMAN, OXFAM

"Much of this funding is recycled, but the new money makes a downpayment on eliminating hunger."

JACOB ZUMA, SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT

"We can't say it's enough, but at least it begins to do very concrete things."

MELES ZENAWI, ETHIOPIAN PRIME MINISTER

"The key message for us is to ask the G8 to live up to their commitments."

AJAY VASHEE, PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS

"In the past, a lot of investments have not reached their target, small farmers who need to be helped a leg up the ladder with new technologies and seeds, so it's important to get them involved.

We need to boost agricultural productivity before and after the harvest - about 40% of the crop is lost in African countries due to inadequate storage or lack of proper distribution to market."



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