FAO conference, in Rome with the participation of Andris Piebalgs and Kristalina Georgieva

Type: Report   Reference: I-070369   Duration: 00:04:09  Lieu:
End production: 27/06/2011   First transmission: 27/06/2011
On 27 June 2011, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, and Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, participated in the annual meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). On this occasion the EC, together with the FAO, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched a new Strategic Framework of Cooperation to address food insecurity and malnutrition worldwide. This agreement built on existing agreements with WFP and FAO. Around 925 million of people in the world remain undernourished. The poor are particularly vulnerable to crises, the negative effects of climate change and high food prices. Over the year 2010, more than 40 million people have been pushed into extreme poverty by an increase in food prices. The three Rome-based Organisations are the key UN forces in food security and nutrition. The EC is one of the biggest global donors in the area of food security. Humanitarian food assistance is the single largest aid sector in the EU's humanitarian budget, representing more than € 1,1 billion from 2007 to 2010. Additionally, around €850 million is allocated to fight food insecurity each year through food assistance.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior views of the FAO headquarter in Rome (2 shots) 00:00:09
00:00:14 General view of the meeting 00:00:05
00:00:19 Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), making a speech 00:00:05
00:00:24 General view of the meeting 00:00:05
00:00:29 Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development (in ENGLISH): the EU also agrees with the analysis that enhanced investments in agriculture are keys to boost the contribution to growth, especially in developing countries. Agriculture and food security have been identified as major area of intervention for the future EU development policy. 00:00:21
00:00:51 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:00:56 Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH): for this to be successful, it requires partner developed countries to identify agriculture as a priority sector in their national economic strategies. We therefore call on national governments to develop multi-sectoral food security strategies, identifying objectives, benchmarks and timeframes and defining responsibilities among actors. The EU is prepared to share its experience in this area, especially on agricultural policy formulation. 00:00:36
00:01:32 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:01:36 Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH): furthermore, the EU reiterates its strong commitment to gender equality as a human right, a question of social justice and a core value of the EU development policy. The EU considers the role of women in agriculture and rural development as crucial and is committed to gender mainstreaming in order to ensure that existing gender inequalities are highlighted and can be addressed. 00:00:29
00:02:05 General view of the meeting 00:00:05
00:02:11 FAO logo 00:00:05
00:02:16 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:05
00:02:22 Soundbite by Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response (in ENGLISH): for us in Europe, helping people, feed themselves, have always been a high priority at home and also overseas in our development cooperation humanitarian work. 00:00:16
00:02:38 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:02:43 Soundbite by Kristalina Georgieva (in ENGLISH): one of the first EU Common Policies was in agriculture and overseas we see day after day the European people providing resources for those that are in most in the need. 00:00:16
00:03:00 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
00:03:05 Soundbite by Kristalina Georgieva (in ENGLISH): I hope that you will see us next year standing in front of you, reporting on what we have achieved because this is one of the specific commitments we are making to people who needs this help today. 00:00:16
00:03:21 General view of the meeting 00:00:04
00:03:26 Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs (in ENGLISH): humanitarian disasters happen, but how to move from a disaster to real development? It is still something we need to manage to come to deal with these resources. So I believe this new format of 3+2 demonstrates that we are growing to the challenges in food security nutrition and we will be able together to help the countries to address these issues. 00:00:31
00:03:58 General view of the meeting 00:00:05
00:04:03 Andris Piebalgs and Kristalina Georgieva signing documents 00:00:05
00:04:09 Handshake 00:00:09
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