FAO meeting focuses on improved governance of global food security

08:10, October 12, 2010      

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The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) opened its meeting on food security in Rome on Monday in bid to foster improved governance of global food security.

The meeting of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) takes place against a background of recent increases in international food prices which pose additional challenges to food security.

Heads of the three Rome-based U.N. food agencies, FAO, IFAD ( International Fund of Agriculture Development ) and WFP (World Food Program) met at the first day session.

On the opening ceremony of the 5-day meeting, FAO Director- General Jacques Diouf said, "global problems demand global as well as local solutions. The renewed CFS constitutes the required platform for debating global complex problems and reaching consensus on solutions."

Mentioning the recently reformed CFS, Diouf said, "for the CFS to be concrete in action and achieve tangible results, it is also vital that partnerships and linkages be established at country level through proper and recognized mechanisms, like the thematic groups and national alliances for food security."

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said: "This week marks the launch of a strategically coordinated global effort to draw on the combined strengths of all stakeholders engaged in the fight against global hunger."

"With recent volatility in commodity prices and increased global demand for food this comes not a moment too soon. The reformed CFS has an opportunity and a responsibility to rally nations of the world to respond effectively, efficiently and coherently to provide vital humanitarian assistance when disasters strike and build long-term food security."

During the meeting IFAD's Vice President Yukiko Omura sad: " IFAD believes that the CFS has a very important role to play in the years ahead."

"IFAD has participated intensively in the CFS reform process and is committed to continued engagement in the new CFS. We are working with FAO and WFP in the joint Secretariat and in the Advisory Group. Investing in small farmers -- improving their access to land, to appropriate technology, to financial services and markets, and responding to their other requirements -- is the most effective way to generate a broad-based movement out of poverty and hunger."

This session of the CFS has been designed to support the roles of the renovated Committee to provide a forum for coordination of initiatives at global, regional and national levels, FAO said.

Source: Xinhua


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