UN / FOOD PRICES

04-Sep-2012 00:01:42
UN agencies today called for urgent international action to prevent rising global food prices from sparking a repeat of the 2007-8 world food crisis. FILE
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STORY: UN / FOOD PRICES
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FILE – UNICEF - 31 MAY - 5 JUNE 2012, NIGERIA

1. Various shots, farmer's silhouette
2. Close up, farmer's feet
3. Close up, muddy well
4. Wide shot, gathering water from well
5. Wide shot, father and son
6. Various shots, loading onto cart
7. Wide shot, cart driving away

FILE – WFP - JUNE 2012, BUHERA DISTRICT, MANICALAND PROVINCE, ZIMBABWE

8. Med shot, feet of farmer while she goes over dried maize
9. Pan right, view of dried stalks
10. Wide shot, farmer looking at dried stalks
11. Tilt up, small dried corn ears
12. Close up, female farmer looking at a small corn ear

FILE – UNICEF - 14, 18 MAY 2012, ABECHE, CHAD

13. Med shot, women with their children
14. Pan right, Plumpy Nut on table to children and women
15. Med shot, doctor talking to mother and child
16. Close up, crying child

FILE – UNICEF – 9 FEBRUARY 2012, MAURITANIA

17. Wide shot, cow herd
18. Med shot, tilling ground
19. Med shot, carcasses dead cows
20. Wide shot, farmers tilling barren field

FILE – UNICEF – 21 JANUARY 2102, NIGER

21. Wide shot, people stacking stalks of grains
22. Close up, stalks of grains

FILE – UNICEF – MARCH 2012, MALI

23. Wide shot, man drives cart

FILE – WORLD BANK - CAMBODIA 2011

24. Med Shot, husband and wife eating

FILE – WORLD BANK - LAOS 2011

25. Wide shot, woman purchasing food

FILE – WORLD BANK - INDONESIA 2011

26. Wide shot, woman purchasing food

FILE – WORLD BANK, RECENT, NICARAGUA

27. Various shots, market
STORYLINE
The heads of three United Nations food and agricultural agencies today (4 September) called for urgent international action to prevent rising food prices from hurting tens of millions of people over the coming months.

In a joint statement, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) Executive Director, Ertharin Cousins, and the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze warned that the current situation in world food markets, characterized by sharp increases in maize, wheat and soybean prices, had raised fears of a repeat of the 2007-2008 world food crisis.

But the UN officials said that swift, coordinated international action “can stop that from happening” and urged countries to avoid panic buying and refrain from imposing export restrictions.

In the short-term, they called for a coordinated response by food producers to deal with spikes in food prices, and an improvement in the transparency of global markets.

In the long-term, they said policies should focus on issues such as the increasing global population and climate change, which has led to droughts and floods in many countries, affecting food production.

They also highlighted the role that small holder farmers play in ensuring food security, and called on countries to support smallholder agriculture and provide citizens with social protection systems to ensure vulnerable populations have enough to eat.

Nutritional support for mothers and children as well as school meals are other policies the three UN officials considered essential to safeguard against recurring price shock and crises.
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