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Philippines urges the crop-rich to give to the crop-poor

By RJ Whitehead

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The Philippines has called for the establishment of a world food bank to receive agricultural products as “deposits”, which in turn would be loaned out to other needy countries.

Emmanuel Piñol, the agriculture secretary at a conference organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

He said that countries that cultivated a surplus of staples should help out countries that are lacking.

Any country producing food commodity in excess, like wheat, corn, cassava or rice, could submit their excess product inventory to the world food bank which could loan these out to countries where people are suffering from hunger or famine​,” Piñol said.

The world food bank will not only ensure that commodities produced in excess by a country would not go to waste thus ensuring that the farmer will make money from his endeavour, it will also contribute to the FAO’s [desire to wipe out hunger​.”

Piñol stated that by doing so, countries would be assured of a ready market for their excess produce.

Countries suffering from food shortage would then be relieved of their problem of feeding their population​,” Piñol said.

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Better handling of glut food production

Posted by Dr.M.M.Prasad,

The suggestion made by Emmanuel Pinol, Agriculture Secretary of Philippines is very much relevant and valid where some parts of the world are facing extreme food shortages resulting in famines. In this regard establishment of World Food Bank is welcome suggestion.
To add further
'the primary producer of food , whether it is agriculture, aquaculture or any other kind of food is always at receiving end from the time immemorial to till date, beyond boundaries of any country that includes USA where glut production as on today and coming years need to be given due consideration. The establishment of World Food Bank may take more time and on other hand the immediate solution include
the philanthropic billionaires and MNCs as a part of their CSR coming together and purchasing these glut food produce at the market rate of the country of production and distributing to the needy countries like Somalia and Yemen. This small gesture can save many a situations that can pose serious problems when left unsolved.

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