Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will deliver a speech at the opening of the high-level event entitled “Food and agriculture in times of crisis,” organized by the European Commission within the framework of the Global Network Against Food Crises, a coordination platform launched in 2016 by the EU, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Food Program.
The meeting in Brussels will provide the ministers and experts attending the event with an opportunity to exchange views on food security worldwide and on efforts aimed at eradicating food crises. The Global Report on Food Crises 2019 will be presented during the event.
During his speech, the minister will stress France’s efforts under its G7 presidency, whose theme this year was the fight against inequality. The G7 development ministers meeting on July 4 in Paris will focus on the Sahel, which suffers from a combination of weakness, inequality and extreme poverty. The ministers will review concrete commitments to job creation for rural youth in agriculture and farming as well as the fight against malnutrition.
Since 2014, the UN has noted a deterioration in the food security situation under the combined effect of conflict and climate change. The number of malnutrition victims reached 821 million in 2017, or 11% of the global population, including 124 million from people in 50 countries that are experiencing severe food insecurity.