Müller: Global food security is only possible through cooperation and partnership
"Ensuring global food security is one of the most important tasks facing mankind and should not be pushed to the bottom of the pile in the current financial crisis!" This was the message of the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Dr. Gerd Müller, at the symposium on "Practice-Oriented Cooperation Projects – A Contribution to Global Food Security" in Berlin on 15 January, which attracted high-ranking international participants.
"If we wish to feed the growing population, then we need an improved policy for rural areas in developing countries, too, that builds on the latest knowledge about agricultural policy, industry and science," commented Müller to around 200 experts from Germany and abroad who had come to find out more about the Ministry’s international project work. The event was jointly organised by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV), the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations and the GfA Consulting Group.
The BMELV has carried out successful cooperation projects at European level since 1993 and at international level since 2008. The Ministry has provided approximately Euro 700 million for this purpose since 1993. The main focus is on policy advice and economic cooperation projects designed to support the establishment of an efficient agri-food industry in the partner countries. "In this way our German projects make a concrete contribution to ensuring global food security. We are continuously expanding our support, in terms of both the content and the regions that are covered. What is important is investment in people in order to bring about changes to structures and methods and to promote new technologies and innovation!" stated Müller.
The Parliamentary State Secretary pointed out that the German agri-food industry provides considerable financial support for this approach. Besides the ongoing projects in Russia, the Ukraine, China and Kazakhstan, projects are to be launched in 2009 in Africa, too. "Our high-performance agri-food industry and its central organisations are highly suitable partners for this cooperation," explained Müller.
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