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Business must fill emerging gap in agriculture development, food aid.

Business must fill emerging gap in agriculture development, food aid.

Updated 21 July 2014, 12:41 AEST

As foreign aid budgets come under pressure, the head of the world's largest humanitarian organisation has called on business to help fill the gaps.

Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the United Nation's World Food Program has told the G20 business meeting in Sydney, the private sector will need to do more to help feed the poor.

She says climate change and a population of around 9-and-a half billion by 2050, means food production will have to double.

So far this year the Australian government has contributed two thirds of the WFP's spending on relief and development programs in Asia's poorest countries.

But its May Budget cut 7.6 billion dollars from foreign aid spending over the next five years and set higher performance benchmarks.

So how will the WFP programs will be affected by Australia's smaller foreign aid budget?

Correspondent: Karon Snowdon

Speakers: Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN's World Food Program

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