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FAO welcomes G8’s continued commitment to food security


20 June 2013, Rome, Italy - FAO welcomes the G8’s continued commitment to food security and improving food security global governance. This commitment is a common thread between the Lough Erne G8 Summit and the FAO Conference ongoing in Rome.

The G8 has emphasized the need to improve governance of land. FAO is already helping countries implement the Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure approved by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) – after a breakthrough consensus by Governments, civil society and the private sector. FAO also fully supports CFS efforts to develop principles for responsible agricultural investments.

“The Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure and the principles for responsible agricultural investments will play an important role in helping government ensure that investments are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable, and help improve the lives of the poor and indigenous populations in rural areas,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

The focus on Africa, as well as the emphasis on working within the CAADP framework, and on the need for national and regional leadership and political commitment to achieve food security, are also welcome.

“That, I believe, is crucial: governments are the ones who must lead this process and take the necessary action to end hunger. The role of FAO and other development partners -- civil society, the private sector and the international community in general – is to support these efforts. That is the spirit in FAO that we are taking to the high-level meeting on food security that we are co-organizing with the African Union, NEPAD and Lula Institute in Addis Ababa on 30 June and 1 July,” added Graziano da Silva.