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International fight against undernutrition

Published on June 13, 2013
Reply by M. Pascal Canfin, Minister Delegate for Development, to a question in the National Assembly

Paris, June 12, 2013

Deputy Jean-René Marsac, my and the government’s analysis is completely in line with yours, and I want to commend your personal commitment and that of the deputies you have joined forces with on this issue. I also commend the work of the French NGOs, which are particularly active and whose efforts fighting hunger worldwide are recognized throughout the world.

Even though mankind could feed seven billion people living on the planet, there are a billion women, men and children suffering from malnutrition today. Against this background, we’re starting by helping those countries which so wish to adopt concrete provisions, regulatory and legal, to fight, for example, land grabs, an aggravating factor of malnutrition.

In London this weekend, on the sidelines of the G8, we’re going to sign an agreement with Senegal which transfers into her law safeguards to fight land grabs.

We have also introduced a mechanism financed by the financial transaction tax which will enable two million children in the Sahel to benefit from access to care, to treat the consequences of undernutrition and malnutrition.

I am proud that France is the first country in the world to establish a financial transaction tax and allocate part of it to development, something the previous government sadly didn’t see fit to do.

Moreover – this may appear off the subject, but worldwide hunger is also a speculation issue –, the French banking law is going to be the first in the world to prohibit French banks from speculating on agricultural commodities. We can be proud of this, even though, here again, the Right voted against./.

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