Posted by: APO | 13 June 2008

Food crisis gets special attention (ACP)

Food crisis gets special attention (ACP)


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 13, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/The rise of basic foodstuffs in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states is amongst the burning issues now debated in the 33rd session of the ACP-EC Council of Ministers Meeting.


President of the ACP Council of Ministers and Minister of National Solidarity of Djibouti, Mr Mohamed Admed Awalesh, urged the EU to make specific commitments to help ACP countries, especially those who are affected.


He said: “This is an urgent matter requiring immediate attention by all of us if we are to stem the food riots that are proliferating in our ACP countries.”


Mr Awalesh is optimistic that by the end of the two-day meeting EU the can indicate where it stands in term of assistance to the ACP Group.


He noted that in the recent Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) meeting in Rome on food security, the EU did not indicate where it stand in terms of its assistance specifically to the ACP Group.


“Perhaps we would have a firm indication by the end of this two day meeting,” he told the Joint-Ministers’ Meeting.



Ethiopian Prime Minister His Excellency Ato Meles Zenawi said the dramatic increase in agricultural commodity prices also threatens to undermine ACP macro-economic stability and achievements in fighting poverty, particularly amongst the urban poor.


The ACP Group will today adopt its declaration on food security.


SOURCE : ACP Group of State


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