International Seminar on Sharing China’s Food Security Policy and Experience
Opening Remarks by Mr. Nicholas Rosellini, UNRC
24 April, Beijing Yuyang Hotel
Dr. Qu Dongyu, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs,
Ms. Zeng Liying, Vice Administrator of National Food and Strategic Reserve Administration,
WFP Senior Director,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is my pleasure to address this seminar on sharing China’s Food Security Policy and Experience, which is an important opportunity for South-South Cooperation in an area of high importance for poverty reduction, namely food security.
Since the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action in 1978, which lay the foundation for technological cooperation among developing countries, South-South Cooperation has expanded in all dimensions, and it has become a key vehicle to achieving sustainable development. From its original narrower focus on industrial cooperation, South-South Cooperation today calls for developing countries to share knowledge, skills, expertise and resources in nearly all areas of development, not at least agriculture and food security.
In the context of the Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the importance of South-South Cooperation has increased even further. The 2030 Agenda, which was unanimously adopted by world leaders in 2015 is the most ambitious development agenda that the word has ever seen. It aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all and a world where “no one is left behind”.
The successful implementation of the ambitious 2030 Agenda and its SDGs will highly depend on strengthened international cooperation and new partnerships. In this context, South-South Cooperation can play an instrumental role. By focusing on addressing complex problems based on previously tested experiences in similar development contexts, developing countries can help each other out with more adaptive, locally relevant and usually cheaper solutions.
In the area of agricultural development and food security, China has a lot to share. With only 9 percent of the world’s arable land, China feeds 20 percent of the world's population. This makes China a major contributor to world food security. Given China’s achievements in this area, I am pleased to witness the release of the report “China Food Security Policy Evolution and Practice”. This report which has been jointly developed by the World Food Program’s Centre of Excellence and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, summarizes China’s experience on food security and rural development over the past 40 years.
I believe that this report will be a valuable source of knowledge for other countries, wishing to learn from China in their own efforts to enhance rural development and food security.
This report is also a good example of WFPs work under the framework of the 2030 Agenda. Among the 17 SDGs, WFP’s work is manly focused on SDG number 2 and number 17, while the former is on “ending hunger” the latter is on “partnerships for development”. The report released here today ties the work under these two SDGs nicely together.
During today’s event I look forward to learning more about the experiences that you bring on rural development and food security from your countries and explore how these experiences can be translated into useful lessons for others.