ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly:

Type: News   Reference: 93976   Duration: 00:03:33  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 18/06/2013   First transmission: 18/06/2013
- extracts from the debate on Food and Nutrition Security Background: The afternoon session focused on food and nutrition security, human resources for health in ACP countries and agricultural policies against the challenges of food security and climate change. Parliamentary representatives of the 78 ACP countries and 78 MEPs meet twice a year in Joint Parliamentary Assembly, once in the EU country holding the EU Council presidency and once in a country determined by the ACP.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior shot of the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium (1 shot) 00:00:05
00:00:10 Atmosphere before the debate starts, (4 shots) 00:00:13
00:00:23 SOUNDBITE (English): Jos COSTELLO T.D., Irish Minister for development and commerce: "We must acknowledge the requirements to provide access the right nutrition at the right place and right time, particularly during the first 1000 days of life from pregnancy and the child's second birthday. This can have a profound life changing impact on the child's ability to grow and to rise out of poverty and as the powerful last in effect the countries economic growth, prosperity and stability. Highlighting the link between hunger, nutrition and climate change has been a central focus of Irelands Presidency of the Council of the European Union over the past 6 months." 00:00:40
00:01:03 SOUNDBITE (English): Gay MITCHEL, (EPP, IRE): "One of the reasons he didn't mention which research shows for large families is that some families think that by having large numbers of children it secures their retirement and its secures them all days. So I think we got to put forward some ideas that replace that need, one of these is the issue of insurance, crop insurance and social insurance." 00:00:32
00:01:35 SOUNDBITE (German): Jo LEINEN, (S&D, DE): "What we need is far more effective farming, if we take a look at farmers today, do they have all the necessary means and resources, can they get the harvest out of the soil? I think we need to have a proper knowledge transfer, technology transfer; we know that the Rio + G20 conference this was an issue of debate. And the EU must do all efforts to ensure that good agriculture practises are transferred and implemented anywhere." 00:00:29
00:02:04 SOUNDBITE (German): Jo LEINEN, (S&D, DE): "I think we have to look at logistics, we can't and let 50% of food that is produced get waste. I think we have to think about this controversy, patrol tank or your plate by burning crops for bio fuel. I know that here in the EP we are looking at new legislation to make all of this more restrictive." 00:00:28
00:02:32 SOUNDBITE (English): Joyce LABOSO, Co-President of the ACP-EU Assembly: "It is totally scandalous that today farmers across Africa have to go to buy their seeds when they had their knowledge, so their knowledge has been taken away in a procedure, where for example Monsanto has patent the seed. I think this should be something of great concern for us in this Assembly, where industrialised agriculture has completely replaced the local knowledge. And as Ms Striffler has said, there is a lot of knowledge of women as well who have been planting and so on, so I think we have to go back to a phase where we have balance of small scale agriculture and industrialised agriculture, it is not one at the expense of the other." 00:00:49
00:03:21 cut away shots, (3 shots) 00:00:12
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