Global Sharecropping UN's Solution To Food Crisis?

Posted on Tuesday, April 29 at 10:52 by akston

CBC News
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The United Nations said Tuesday it would set up a high-level task force headed by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to tackle the global food crisis.

Ban said UN leaders will take a series of medium and long-term measures, with the first priority the $755-million US shortfall in funding for the World Food Program, much of it because of soaring world grain prices.

The secretary general told reporters in the Swiss capital, Berne, that the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has a $1.7-billion plan to provide seeds for farmers in the world’s poorest countries.

“Without full funding of these emergency requirements, we risk again the spectre of widespread hunger, malnutrition and social unrest on an unprecedented scale,” Ban said. “We anticipate that additional funding will be required,” he said.

A UN statement released at the same time said the world’s poor were hardest hit by rising food costs and there was worse to come.

The new task force will be made up of UN agency chiefs and the head of the World Bank, officials said.

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This sounds an awful lot like sharecropping when you read the Food and Agricultural Association protocols:

On the FAO website, I found the “Guiding Principles Governing the Production, Distribution and Import of Seed and Planting Material (SPM) of Field Crops for Afghanistan”. I don’t expect this new intervention to be substantially different if they already have some legislation on the shelf. So what are their protocols for Afghanistan?

http://www.fao.org/world/afghanistan/pubs_code_en.htm

“The main purpose of the NSP is to ensure that farmers receive good seed of established standards, national interests are protected, and investors in the seed industry are rewarded for their investment, management and technical skills, and the risks they take.” …

“1. A Coordinating Committee for Seed Sector Development (CCSSD) should be established under the umbrella of the MAAH, to be chaired by the Deputy Minister. This committee will consist of voting members who are representatives of departments and institutions concerned with seed, including research, seed production, plant protection, extension; and farmer seed producers, farmer representatives, and others as the need arises. FAO will coordinate the non-voting advisory participation of the International organizations. ACBAR will do the same in respect to the NGOs.” …

“6. A functioning credit system existed in the past. It is essential that such a system be re-established as fast as possible. Without such as system, development of a sustainable seed sector will not be possible. It is strongly recommended that the Afghan Government assume responsibility for this.” …

“9. AGENCIES should not provide seed to farmers free of charge. Seed should be sold or exchanged at a price above the local grain price. This price must be approved by the CCSSD.” …

So, an unelected bureaucracy is handed the power to set prices and define the relationship between the World Bank, seed ‘Agencies’, and state governments. Naturally, the extension of international credit into this market is a fundamental part of these operations, which will have the effect of further consolidating the World Bank’s power over these underdeveloped countries.




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  1. Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:57 pm
    The same U.N. guy who declared global warning a bigger threat than warfare...Looks like they will attack us at different angles.



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