China, a lab for countries to learn food safety: WFP's deputy executive director

09:27, October 15, 2009      

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A senior official with the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said the agency would encourage foreign countries still fighting against hunger to learn how to secure food safety from Chinese model.

"One of the reason I am here is to see the first hand by myself to find and inquire how did it happen," said deputy executive director Sheila Sisulu in an exclusive interview with Xinhua on Wednesday.

Being on a visit to Beijing to celebrate the food agency's 30-year cooperation with the Chinese government, Sisulu was talking about the world's most populous country that succeeded in feeding its 1.3 billion people with adequate food in a comparatively short period of time.

"You can read from many books, statistics, reports and analysis, but the best way is to see something yourself," said the female director who once served as South Africa's ambassador to the United States. She will also travel around the nation where WFP has operated since 1979, when one in three people did not get enough to eat.

Within the past three decades, China has received a total of one billion U.S. dollars worth food products for emergency aids after natural disasters and other assistance projects from WFP.

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