EU at the forefront of the fight against hunger
"In recent years our commitment has been particularly strong, with the EU now the world's largest grant donor for food security, spending around 1 billion euro every year on food security, agriculture and nutrition."
And now we intend to cement that leading role. From the very beginning, the European Commission has been very supportive of the G8 New Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security, because The New Alliance and the European Agenda for Change are very similar, since they are based on the following elements:
1/ We need commitments from both sides. The choice of agriculture and food security as priority areas cannot be imposed from the donors
2/ We need a whole-chain approach
3/ We need the private sector
4/ We need rules for responsible investments
The EU has promised to strongly support the New Alliance and we will do so in two ways. Firstly, we will significantly step up our efforts in the coming 18 months so that total support for food security in the six pilot countries exceeds 1 billion US dollars by the end of 2013. Secondly, so far we have taken a decision on a first contribution towards the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure and funding to the SUN movement should be ready by the end of the year.
The EU is also very pleased that it has been able to be of assistance to the Ivory Coast in preparing the Country Cooperation Framework. Moreover, it shows that governments are willing to work to create an environment conducive to investments – investments that will have a direct and profound effect on the food security and nutritional status of millions. Taking the particular example of bananas, the Commission has only last week approved the Country Strategy for the banana sector. We focus on improved competitiveness, sustainable management, village scale production and the development of local and regional markets. € 44.7 million will be devoted to the sector between 2012 and 2016".
Full speech from Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development: “EU at the forefront of the fight against hunger – High-level event to launch Cooperation Frameworks for Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mozambique” (New York, 27 September 2012)