Resistance to new technologies from “well-fed activists” is holding up the battle against global food shortages, Nestlé chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe has claimed.

Speaking at a conference organised by the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organisation, Brabeck-Letmathe said agricultural yields were falling compared with population growth – a trend that would exacerbate existing food shortages.

“It is disheartening to see how easily a group of well-intentioned and well-fed activists can decide about new technologies at the expense of those who are starving,” he said.

He warned the soaring food prices of 2007 could return without major investment in new agricultural technology.

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