Stuart Ramson, Associated Press
With U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, left, looking on, Bono speaks in New York City at a reception marking the halfway point for the Millennium Development Goals.

Bono says Africa has the potential to become a major food producer rather than the epicenter of much of the world's starvation.

Speaking Thursday at the launch of the Irish Hunger Commission Report at the United Nations, the Irish rock star-turned-activist said its ideas could transform the world's poorest continent.

"Africa can be a breadbasket, a net producer, that is possible if we turn the ideas in this report into action," the U2 frontman said.

Bono was joined for the report's release by Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, economist Jeffery Sachs, the report's author Joe Walsh and Sheila Sissulu, deputy executive director of the World Food Organization.

The report calls for increased productivity for African agriculture, targeting infant and maternal nutrition and changes in government and leadership priorities. It also called for the appointment of a special envoy to lead the fight against world hunger.