We welcome the recognition of the CFS as the foremost body for food related policy decisions and the acknowledgement of the “right to food” in the text. The stronger language on small holder farmers is also an improvement, but the Ministers still have failed to provide any concrete support to smallholders.
Livia Zoli, Head of Policy at ActionAid Italy said, “The ministers mention both the need to support smallholder and women farmers, who feed most of the world’s people, and the L’Aquila Food Security Initiative. But their failure to make any commitments to get that program back on track sharply contradict the words of support they regularly offer.”
After all evidence of market failures that led to a food crisis it is a mockery to tie risk management solutions to market instruments.
Adriano Campolina, Country Director of ActionAid Brazil, said, “In 2009, the G20 showed it can arrange massive bailouts for bankers, but now it’s demonstrating it has no will to stop the looming food crisis that will hit the poor the hardest. ActionAid will continue mobilizing to hold President Sarkozy to his promises on global food security by the November G20 summit despite the agriculture ministers’ failure.”
Marie Brill, of ActionAid USA, said, "It is a shame that the G20 commissioned a study by 10 organizations on how to address food price volatility, but chose to ignore the clear recommendation to remove subsidies and mandates for biofuels. As a result more countries will follow the lead of the U.S. where 40% of the corn crop is burned for fuel while the world teeters on the verge of a new food crisis.
Soren Ambrose, International Policy Manager of ActionAid International, said, “We are disappointed that the Ministers are delaying the implementation of regional coordination of food reserves which are urgently needed to prevent the next food crisis. We will hold the heads of state accountable to realizing this goal in November, and we look forward to being a part of the process.”
Antoine Bouhey of Peuples Solidaires/ActionAid France, said, “Making AMIS the headline from this meeting reveals the ministers’ failure: we may see the problem more clearly, but there is no commitment to actions that will stop the crisis."
For interviews contact:
(In Paris) Samantha Bolton on + 336 23 94 49 12 or +44 (0) 7972428633 firstname.lastname@example.org
(In Paris) Patricia Brookes: +1 (202) 351-1757 or email@example.com