Why a global framework is necessary to ensuring food security

By Richard Jones 10 October 2013

How do we implement a global framework on food security? And how do we better link the work of related government ministries on this issue?

Although there are regional agreements on food security, there continues to be no global framework on the issue. And it’s a real concern, according to Benoît Miribel, director-general at Fondation Merieux and honorary president at Action Against Hunger.

“So far, we are unable to feed everybody,” he noted in an interview with Devex on the sidelines of the World Convergences Forum 2013 in Paris. “We know we have the food capacity and it’s a question of access to the neighbors and sharing it.”

Miribel called for better organization, more cooperation to “break the wall” between health and agriculture ministries, and a move beyond announcements toward concrete progress on an international framework for food security and nutrition. He also urged more support for small farmers, better organization of food markets, health center training and specific mechanisms, such as grants, to ensure people’s access to affordable food.

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In his role as Devex associate editor, Richard Jones covers the full spectrum of development aid in Europe, Africa and the Middle East by conducting high-level interviews, providing analysis and supervising correspondents. Richard, who's currently based in Barcelona, brings to bear 10 years of experience as an editor in institutional communications, public affairs and international development. His development experience includes stints in the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Ecuador.

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