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New Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Takes Office, calls on Human Rights Council to Examine Global Food Crisis

Un2 May 2008: One day after taking office, newly appointed Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier de Schutter, called for a special session of the Human Rights Council, so that the Council can “speak with one single voice.” He called upon States to increase their support to humanitarian agencies and provide cash transfers to the neediest segments of populations in food-insecure countries. In the longer-term, he called for greater financial support for small-scale farmers, action to combat climate change, and the phasing out of “market-distorting” agricultural subsidies, noting that the current crisis is “not a natural disaster” but “a crisis which is man-made.”

De Schutter's call came only a few days after his predecessor, Jean Ziegler, had called for a five-year moratorium on biofuel production, describing biofuels as a “criminal path” leading to global food crisis, at a press conference in Geneva on 28 April.

UN press release de Schutter:

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=26547&Cr=food&Cr1=crisis

UN press release Ziegler:

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=26478&Cr=food&Cr1=ziegler