UN / FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION

06-Nov-2018 00:02:38
The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, said that while 15 trillion dollars of the world’s GDP are "wasted on the impact of war” and 1.7 trillion dollars are spent per year on military, “we are struggling just to get a few more billion dollars to make sure that no child in the world goes to bed hungry.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 06 NOVEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, UN flag

06 NOVEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, ECOSOC Chambers
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“15 trillion dollars of the world’s GDP are wasted on the impact of war. 1.7 trillion dollars are spent per year on military. And we are struggling just to get a few more billion dollars to make sure that no child in the world goes to bed hungry. That’s a shame on humanity.”
5. Med shot, President of the General Assembly María Fernanda Espinosa
6 SOUNDBITE (English) David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“Every five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten seconds a child is dying from hunger in a world that has 300 trillion dollars-worth of wealth. In Yemen alone every ten minutes a child is dying from a preventable death. What’s driving this extreme hunger rate up? Starvation rate? Simply put it is man-made conflict.”
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) José Graziano da Silva, Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
“Conflict and food security goes hand-in-hand. And when conflicts increase, food insecurity also increases. And more than that, when there is an overlapping with conflict and the impact of climate change, famine is on the horizon.”
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10. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD):
“Over the next decade an estimated 60 million young people in developing countries will be competing for around 200 million jobs, according to International Labour Organization (ILO) statistics. It is not realistic to expect cities and the non-farm sector to absorb all them. We therefore need dynamic, ambitious young people to transform agriculture and food systems. But today they often lack the training and the financing to launch successful agri-businesses.”
11. Wide shot, ECOSOC Chambers
STORYLINE
The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, said that while 15 trillion dollars of the world’s GDP are "wasted on the impact of war” and 1.7 trillion dollars are spent per year on military, “we are struggling just to get a few more billion dollars to make sure that no child in the world goes to bed hungry.”

Beasley said, “that’s a shame on humanity.”

The WFP Executive Director said, “every five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten seconds a child is dying from hunger in a world that has 300 trillion dollars-worth of wealth” while “in Yemen alone every ten minutes a child is dying from a preventable death.”

Beasley, together with the Director-General of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, and the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Gilbert Houngbo, were briefing member states on The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) and The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA).

Graziano da Silva said, “conflict and food security goes hand-in-hand. And when conflicts increase, food insecurity also increases. And more than that, when there is an overlapping with conflict and the impact of climate change, famine is on the horizon.”

For his part, Houngbo said, “over the next decade an estimated 60 million young people in developing countries will be competing for around 200 million jobs, according to International Labour Organization (ILO) statistics. It is not realistic to expect cities and the non-farm sector to absorb all them. We therefore need dynamic, ambitious young people to transform agriculture and food systems. But today they often lack the training and the financing to launch successful agri-businesses.”

The President of the General Assembly María Fernanda Espinosa also took part in the High-level meeting.
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