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Sunday, 31 January 2010

EU must increase efforts towards food security

An international food security summit has been told that the EU wants to intensify its efforts to tackle world hunger and malnutrition. Addressing the summit on Tuesday, Simona Mari, a senior Commission official, said the EU already finances food security programmes around the globe. But she said that, in light of a growing food crisis in various countries, the EU has to get even more involved. Mari, speaking at the summit in Dakar, Senegal, also backed calls for regional authorities in Europe and elsewhere to be given a bigger role in helping combat the problem. The summit heard that the financing of local initiatives constitutes the "cornerstone" of local food security governance. But, despite there being a wide range of funding "instruments" this is "insufficient" and does now allow regions in places like Africa to meet the current challenge. This problem is due, the summit heard, to a lack of coordination, dialogue and clarity about what regions are doing on food security. Mari, who heads the commission's food security section, expressed hope that regions can play a bigger role in future.

Source: The Parliament