Federal councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey to take part in an event in Bern on 16 October to mark World Food Day

Bern, Press release, 15.10.2010

Mrs Micheline Calmy-Rey will participate in the demonstration against hunger organised by the Swiss Alliance against Hunger on the federal square in Bern on 16 October. The head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs will take this opportunity to stress that hunger is not inevitable, that the right to do adequate sustenance is a universal human right and that governments should take action to combat this evil, which causes the deaths of 24,000 persons every day.

Mrs Calmy-Rey will stress that hunger is above all the result of lack of governance. Development policy worthy of the name as well as development co-operation based on wide-ranging partnership which effectively supports efforts in the countries concerned are indispensable in the fight against hunger.   

To this end, the Federal Council proposes to the Parliament to gradually increase the amount of gross national product devoted to state development aid from 0.47% in 2009 to 0.5% by 2015. This increase will mean that Switzerland's contribution will be slightly higher than the average of OECD countries (0.48%).  

The elimination of extreme poverty and of hunger is one of the eight Millennium Development Goals to which Switzerland is strongly committed, particularly through the work of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, which last year contributed about CHF 220 million to the fight against hunger.

In southern Africa for example, Switzerland is financing a development project for varieties of maize that can resist drought and provide a better yield than traditional varieties. This is just one of many examples where the Confederation is helping the local populations to achieve self-sufficiency in food. 

On top of this, Switzerland advocates a more effective international architecture for food security. At the headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome it is taking part in the annual session of the Committee on World Food Security. This committee is the main international platform for dialogue in the field of food security and nutrition.  

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