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World Food Day

Published on October 19, 2011
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Spokesman (excerpts)

Paris, October 14, 2011


World Food Day (16 October)

World Food Day was created in 1979 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It commemorates the date of the FAO’s foundation in 1945. This year the emphasis is on the theme: “Food prices – from crisis to stability”. The aim of the day is to raise public awareness of food problems worldwide and boost international solidarity in the fight against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. In 2010, the FAO estimated that 925 million people in the world were still suffering hunger.

The challenge to be met by the international community is huge: how to feed nine billion inhabitants in 2050 in a context marked by urbanization, climate change and agricultural commodity price volatility. In order to tackle it, President Sarkozy in 2008 launched the Global Partnership for Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition, and he has made food security one of the priority themes of the G20 summit in Cannes on 3 and 4 November.

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS), a body coordinating food security policies and players, will meet in Rome from 17 to 21 October.

France, alongside her European Union partners, will make an active contribution to its work. As a member of the FAO with a seat on the Executive Board of the World Food Programme (WFP) and as a contributor to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), she plays an important role in defining and implementing major international guidelines in this field.

France’s commitment is the result of a political determination that has been translated into numerous contributions: €1.5 billion has been mobilized for food security, in line with the commitment made at the G8 in L’Aquila in 2009. France is leading numerous food projects through the French Development Agency (AFD): support for agricultural policies, the development of rural infrastructure, support for producers’ organizations etc.

She is also making her expertise available to the developing countries, particularly the Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD) and the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD)./.

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