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WFP, FAO, IFAD and World Bank Urge EU to Provide Assistance to Ease Global Food Crisis

Josette Sheeran, WFP's Executive Director 15 September 2008: Leaders of the Rome-based UN agencies,

the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), World Food Programme

(WFP) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), together with

the World Bank, presented a common statement to the European Parliament's

Development Committee, urging it to take the lead in providing assistance to

help farmers cope with surging food and commodity prices.

On behalf of the

three agencies, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran welcomed the Committee's

proposal to place 1 billion Euro's saved in unspent subsidies into a fund to

fight food shortages, calling it “the right idea at the right time.”

Stressing

that 130 million people have been pushed deeper into poverty and hunger due to

high food and fuel prices, she said “it would be bold and even poetic if this

Committee were to approve the funding proposal for European farmers, who have

benefited from high food prices to give it to poor farmers across the

developing world.” [WFP

Press Release]