The Rome Declaration of World Food Security states: We consider it intolerable than more than 8000 million people throughout the world, and particularly in developing countries, do not have enough food to meet their basic nutritional needs. This situation is unacceptable. Food supplies have increased substantially, but constraints on access to food and continuing inadequacy of household and national incomes to purchase food, instability of supply and demand, as well as natural and man-made disasters, prevent basic food needs from being fulfilled. The problems of hunger and food insecurity have global dimensions and are likely to persist, and even increase dramatically in some regions, unless urgent, determined and concerted action is taken, given the anticipated increase in the world's population and the stress on natural resources".
This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities. Agenda 21 recommends: supporting national and regional early warning systems through food-security assistance schemes that monitor food supply and demand and factors affecting household access to food; carrying out national policy reviews related to food security, including adequate levels and stability of food supply and access to food by all households.
Agri-Energy Roundtable (AER) was founded in 1980 as a mechanism to explore the nexus between agro-food and energy exporting nations and the myriad of issues entwining these subjects in the quest for balanced food security.