Paris — Agricultural production in Western Europe is set to decline over the coming decade, with output in Africa and Asia expected to increase, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a report on Tuesday. The unrest-wracked Middle East meanwhile faces a rising threat of food insecurity, the report said, as conflict, climate change and poor policy keep the region overly reliant on imports. "Over the coming decade, the expansion of agricultural production will be disproportionately concentrated in the developing world," the OECD and the FAO said. "Overall, output will expand less in developed economies, notably in Western Europe, where agricultural and fish production is only projected to grow by around 3% over the outlook period," the report said. In sub-Saharan Africa, crop production is set to expand by 30%, with meat and dairy both set to grow by 25%. Nonetheless, the region’s food security is se...

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