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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

2010 World Food Day and the EU

"Ensuring that every citizen has enough food everyday is the first of the eight Millennium Development Goals that the global community promised to reach by 2015. Hunger still affects far too many people and, in the 21st century. It kills more than 3 million children annually, but even malnourished children that survive suffer irreversible consequences for their physical, intellectual and personal development. Almost a billion people lack reliable access to food, most of them living in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. When these people are caught up in crises, they are the ones whose lives, health and dignity are most threatened. On the eve of the World Food Day, we want to reaffirm our commitment to stand by developing countries that need solidarity and assistance to make the fight against hunger a success. Our hope is that this World Food Day should, by 2015, be a celebration for many countries that will have ensured their own food security thanks to global solidarity" declared the EU Commissioner for International cooperation, Humanitarian aid and Crisis response, Kristalina Georgieva and the EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs. For many years, Commission has put global food security very high on the European Union's political agenda. Its actions tackle the most urgent and life-threatening needs arising from hunger, whilst also building the foundations for poor communities to feed themselves and their children for the future. The Commission recently adopted two coordinated policy frameworks that set out the priorities and principles for EU humanitarian and development action to tackle global food insecurity. These policies are the cornerstone on which the EU can build a more effective and more durable strategy to address the injustices of hunger. These policies include diversified responses that are tailored to the needs of those most hungry and vulnerable. This includes helping victims recover their livelihoods, and specifically ensuring that infants and young children receive the full range of necessary nutrients. Special attention is also paid to support developing countries to establish sustainable food security policies, taking into account the whole chain of agricultural production and focusing on small scale farmers respecting an environmentally-friendly way of production.

European Commission and food security

Between 2007 and 2009, we allocated over € 850 million to humanitarian food assistance operations targeting the most vulnerable people in more than 40 countries worldwide. In 2009, the European Commission run country-specific and a global food security programmes for an amount of more than € 1,6 billion euros as part of its long term development efforts. The implementation of the €1billion Food Facility, launched during the food crisis in 2008, is in full motion and provides vital support to more than 50 million farmers and food insecure people in 50 countries in need.

 Source: European Commission