Conclusions on an EU policy framework to assist developing countries in addressing food security challenges

Food insecurity, which affects over 1 billion people, is challenging the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) especially in sub-Saharan Africa. The Council of the European Union supports a comprehensive approach aligned with the “Five Rome Principles for Sustainable Global Food Security”. The Council calls on the EU and its Member States to act together and focus instruments and tools of EU development assistance in food security on key priority areas. At the global level the EU and its Member States, without prejudice to respective competencies, shall foster the implementation of the Global Partnership for Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition (GPAFSN) by improving the coherence of the international food security governance system through support to the Committee on World Food Security as a central component for food security governance, with support from its High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE).The Council supports a comprehensive, ambitious and balanced conclusion of the Doha Development Round which would be important to improving global food security. The Council urges the EU and its Member States to deliver their support to food security and nutrition according to the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the Accra Agenda for Action, as well as the EU Code of Conduct on Division of Labour, focusing their support on national and regional policies and programmes, enhancing aid effectiveness and policy coherence for development. The EU and its Member States will continue to financially support national and regional agriculture and food security policies and strategies, including through blending of resources, and encourage further regional integration.
The Council underlines the need for coordination within the EU and its Member States regarding different food security and nutrition initiatives including the operationalisation of this policy framework, and invites the Commission to propose an implementation plan before the end of 2010. Read more here.

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