The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has charged a UN committee with establishing a global campaign to boost food supplies.

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will be strengthened to create and control a Global Partnership for Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition. This will unite governments, international organisations and the food industry in a bid to improve worldwide food production and distribution to prevent scarcity and promote food security.

The committee will now welcome representatives from the food sector, non-governmental organisations and civic groups, alongside the usual government and UN appointees.

An FAO communiqué said the committee would be "supported by a high-level international network of experts."