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Story : China-FAO Interview
File ID : 119080
Video ID : 450436
Dateline : Oct 16, 2011
Duration : 3'18
Locations : Beijing, China
Type : English/Nats
Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
Restrictions : Not access Chinese mainland
Pageview : 592
Summary : UN FAO Representative in China on food security, food prices
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Beijing, China - Oct 16, 2011
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Percy Misika, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization Representative in China (with reporter asking question):
(Reporter:"Many people talk about food security, thinking that it's a matter of boosting agricultural production. But can you give us a professional perspective of what food security really mean? Is it simply about increasing green production? How do you define this concept?")
"The food security exists when all people, not only a few people but all people, at all times not only part of the time, but at all times, have adequate food supplies that are safe and that are nutritious enough to meet their needs, not only in terms of filling their stomachs, but to ensure that they can meet their physiological needs, but also to ensure that they can have a healthy and productive life. That definition is the one that is ensuing all holding today."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Percy Misika (with reporter asking question) (partially overlaid with shot 3):
(Reporter:"World Food Day has adopted a different thing each year in order to highlight different areas for action and provide a common focus, and the theme for this year is 'Food prices, from crisis to stability'. I'm wondering what is your thought behind the theme? And what is unique about this year's event?"
"What is in terms, is that this year's event is meant to shed light on the adverse impacts that are cleared by food price, volatility while combined with increasing price of it, very short notices. The concern in this case is mainly on how do we ensure that we can move from this adverse impacts of food price fluctuations, to have a stable price and regime for food commodities."
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3. Cutaway of reporter
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Percy Misika (with reporter asking question) (partially overlaid with shot 5):
(Reporter:"Talking about food prices, consumers and producers have very different reactions. Food consumers, especially the poor, a lower price is essential for their survival. But for the farmers, a higher price provides adequate incentives to maintain food supply. So it seems like a zero sum gain in this case, is there any way to bring about a win-win scenario?")
"These very high prices, because of the incentives, they want to produce more, increase their available stock, commodity stocks on the market, on the international market. And when food stocks are higher than demand, and when prices go down, even the farmers were producing, have no incentive to still continue to produce. When a campaign is logical and people understand, that both ends of the equation, low prices or high prices, have a similar effect in the long time, then you gain a win-win situation."
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5. Cutaway of reporter
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6. Cutaway of reporter
7. Wide of Percy Misika shaking hands with reporter

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UN Food and Agriculture Organization Representative in China said Sunday that the food security exists when all people at all times have adequate food supplies that are safe and nutritious enough to meet their needs.

The World Food Day was observed on Sunday with its theme of "Food prices, from crisis to stability".

UN FAO Representative Percy Misika noted that food security is an issue that exists at all times and said, "The food security exists when all people, not only a few people but all people, at all times not only part of the time, but at all times, have adequate food supplies that are safe and that are nutritious enough to meet their needs, not only in terms of filling their stomachs, but to ensure that they can meet their physiological needs, but also to ensure that they can have a healthy and productive life."

World Food Day has adopted a different thing each year in order to highlight the different areas for action and provide a common focus. Talking the theme for this year, Percy Misika said that this year's event is meant to shed light on the adverse impacts that are cleared by food price, volatility and increasing prices.

"The concern in this case is mainly on how do we ensure that we can move from this adverse impacts of food price fluctuations, to have a stable price and regime for food commodities," said Percy Misika.

Percy Misika also pointed out that the high price of food is partly because of the incentives of farmers. They want to produce more, increase their available stock, commodity stocks on the market, on the international market. .

"When food stocks are higher than demand, and when prices go down, even the farmers were producing, have no incentive to still continue to produce. When a campaign is logical and when people understand that both ends of the equation, low prices or high prices, have a similar effect in the long time, then you gain a win-win situation," said Percy Misika.

 

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