FAO High-Level Conference on World Food Security: with the participation of Mariann Fischer Boel
End production: 04/06/2008 First transmission: 04/06/2008
The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) Headquarters in Rome hosted the High-Level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy, from 3 to 5 June 2008. The Conference built upon the work initiated at the Expert Meetings and Stakeholder Consultations held between January and April 2008 and recent analysis undertaken by the Organization. The overall purpose of the High-Level Conference is to address food security issues in the face of soaring food prices and the new challenges of climate change and energy security. The objective is to assist countries and the international community in devising sustainable solutions to the food crisis by identifying the policies, strategies and programmes required to safeguard world food security in the immediate, short and longer term. It is also expected to feed into broader inter-agency and intergovernmental processes. FAO invited Heads of State and Government and Ministers dealing with agriculture, livestock, forestry, fisheries, water, energy and environment of all its member countries, as well as heads of UN-system agencies and selected inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, took part in the conference.
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||Exterior view of the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) building in Rome (3 shots)
||Interior view of the FAO building
||Mariann Fischer Boel, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, (in ENGLISH) saying that within the EU, less than 1% of the land is used for Ethanol; so Ethanol cannot be blamed or be the scapegoat for the increase in food prices in the EU
||Mariann Fischer Boel (in ENGLISH) saying that almost 10% of the land in Europe has previously been set aside, without cultivation; Europe can't afford that in a situation when everyone is asking for food; their proposal is to abolish the set-aside; with their calculations, it will be possible to produce between 12 and 15 million tons on this area, so Europe will be abble to contribute to increase the world production
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||Mariann Fischer Boel (in ENGLISH) saying that the most important thing is more forward looking to a way to help the developing countries, help them with seeds, fertilizers, research, knowledge, so that they can feed their own people
||General view of the conference (2 shots)
||Mariann Fischer Boel (in ENGLISH) saying that they will also continue to promote an open trade policy and work towards an early conclusion of the Doha Round, which provides significant new market opportunities for developing countries; this would help generate export income, stimulate agricultural production and facilitate access to foodstuffs, and thereby alleviating the current food price hikes
||Cutaways (3 shots)