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Re: From economic growth to food security and better nutrition

13.11.2012
Victoria

Dear Juan Carlos García y Cebolla and Mauricio Rosales and other members:

As a brand new member, I feel it a great honor to be permitted to join the FSN Forum recently. In response to the emails from Juan Carlos García y Cebolla and Mauricio Rosales, I tried to answer the question: “How can political will be mobilized to truly take action for hunger reduction and improved nutrition?” by quickly catching up with the progress of the Coherent Food Security Responses: Incorporating Right to Food into Global and Regional Food Security Initiatives.

In addition to the three traditional separations of powers (the National People’s Congress/Parliament, Executive and Justice), the National Congress of the Communist Party of China ( the overall mid to long term strategies and orientation) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (China's top advisory body) all participate in the design of national strategies and priorities. This structure facilitates wide reflection of issues, in particular food insecurity at national and sub-national levels and mobilization of the political will of the top leaders to truly take action for hunger reduction and improved nutrition. Furthermore, many government agencies have opened official blogs to announce new draft polices for discussion and collect emerging issues from the general public.

Guarantee of national food security has been integrated into the national strategy by the Seventeenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China. The ongoing Eighteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) calls for continuity of the progress toward the goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects set at the Sixteenth Congress, and  continuing to work hard to ensure its attainment by 2020. In this Congress, it is the first time to set the target of doubling per capita GDP as well as per capita disposable income in 2020 in comparison of that in 2010, which will benefits the poor and help better guarantee of national food security in China

The FAO has given the Agricola Medals to two Chinese statesmen: the first time was to the former President Jiang Zemin; the second time is to the current Premier Wen Jiabao. These medals are strong incentives for mobilizing the political will of the top Chinese leaders as well as the top leaders in other countries to integrate food security more closely into new national strategies and plans.

The findings of emerging issues, solutions on food insecurity in the world through the efforts by the FSN Forum will also make contributions to mobilizing the political will of the top national leaders in the world to truly take action for hunger reduction and improved nutrition.

This is the first time for me to send my personal views. I used my penname to facilitate discussion.

 

Victoria Zi from China