ASIA / FOOD SECURITY

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At a recent meeting in Bangkok, ministers from across the Asia-Pacific region discussed how to keep the economic crisis from becoming a food crisis for millions of its people. One shared concern was that political unrest could spread across the region if governments are not able to ensure the food security of their citizens. UNTV

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STORY: ASIA / FOOD SECURITY
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SOURCE: UNTV
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DATELINE: 27 APRIL – 2 MAY 2009, PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA / BANGKOK, THAILAND

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27 APRIL – 2 MAY 2009, PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

1. Med shot, traffic and people
2. Med shot, traffic and people
3. Med shot, young women textile workers getting off truck
4. Wide shot, women entering factory
5. Wide shot, women walking in factory
6. Med shot, guard closed factory door
7. Wide shot, ‘For Rent’ sign on factory gate
8. Tilt down, unemployed former garment factory worker
9. Close up, hand holding egg
10. Close up, egg in rice pot
11. Med shot, woman cooking in dismal shack
12. SOUNDBITE (Khmer) “Sao”, Unemployed garment worker:
“I don’t have enough food. When I walk I feel dizzy all the time.”

27 APRIL – 2 MAY 2009, BANGKOK, THAILAND

13. Pan, ESCAP meeting hall
14. Med shot, delegates
15. Med shot, Liu Jieyi, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Liu Jieyi, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs of China:
“We do face a daunting situation if we do not work urgently to cope with the food security issue, by increasing agricultural productivity, increasing international cooperation, or we will face very serious economic and social problems down the road.”
17. Wide shot, Ministerial Roundtable, ESCAP
18. Med shot, Anton Apriyantono, Indonesian Agriculture Minister
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Anton Apriyantono, Minister of Agriculture of Indonesia:
“We managed to achieve self-sufficiency in rice and also corn last year, in 2008. The key was increase in productivity.”
20. Pan, roundtable
21. Med shot, Noeleen Heyzer with PM of Thailand
22. SOUNDBITE (English) Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP):
“Hungry people make angry people.”

27 APRIL – 2 MAY 2009, PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

23. Pan, slum
24. Med shot, man in slum walking

27 APRIL – 2 MAY 2009, BANGKOK, THAILAND

25. SOUNDBITE (English) Neoleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP):
“What you’re going to have is a situation of social unrest if it’s not attended to. You’re going to find more and more people falling into poverty, you’re going to find the countries are not as productive as they can be if they had healthier people, and so the food security situation is an important issue not just for the poor, but for all of us.”

27 APRIL – 2 MAY 2009, PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

26. Med shot, demonstrators at labor rally
27. Med shot, demonstrators at labor rally
28. Med shot, speaker at demonstration


STORYLINE:

A decade of double-digit economic growth helped lift many Cambodians out of poverty. The textile industry provided up to 400,000 jobs – many to young women whose income helped support extended families.

But that was before the economic crisis hit – over the last year, dozens of factories have closed down and more than 50,000 jobs have been lost.

Many of Cambodia’s unemployed garment factory workers are now undernourished, unable to afford more than one meal a day.

SOUNDBITE (Khmer) “Sao”, Unemployed garment worker:
“I don’t have enough food. When I walk I feel dizzy all the time.”

Cambodia is not alone in having to plan for the long-term food security of it citizens. At a recent meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, representatives from across the Asia-Pacific region met to discuss how to keep the economic crisis from becoming a food crisis for millions of its people.

SOUNDBITE (English) Liu Jieyi, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs of China:
“We do face a daunting situation if we do not work urgently to cope with the food security issue, by increasing agricultural productivity, increasing international cooperation, or we will face very serious economic and social problems down the road.”

Much of the emphasis at the meeting was on the need for a greater focus on sustainable and efficient agricultural practices, especially in some of the region’s most populous countries

SOUNDBITE (English) Anton Apriyantono, Minister of Agriculture of Indonesia:
“We managed to achieve self-sufficiency in rice and also corn last year, in 2008. The key was increase in productivity.”

One shared concerned is that political unrest could spread across the region unless governments are able to ensure the food security of their citizens.

SOUNDBITE (English) Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP):
“Hungry people make angry people.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Neoleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP):
“What you’re going to have is a situation of social unrest if it’s not attended to. You’re going to find more and more people falling into poverty, you’re going to find the countries are not as productive as they can be if they had healthier people, and so the food security situation is an important issue not just for the poor, but for all of us.”

In Cambodia, garment workers protested on May 1st to demand a social safety network that would protect those who have lost their salaries from falling back into extreme poverty and hunger.
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