World Food Programme Executive Director Visits France For Talks On The Impact Of Food Price Volatility

Published on 09 March 2011

PARIS – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, is in Paris from March 9 to 10 for meetings with French government ministers to discuss collaboration on the G-20 priorities on food price volatility.

Sheeran is scheduled to meet Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry Christine Lagarde, Minister for Cooperation Henri de Raincourt,  and Minister of Agriculture Bruno Le Maire, with whom she will hold a joint press conference on Wednesday afternoon (17.00 to 17.30) at the Agriculture Ministry offices.

 She will also meet senior officials organizing the G-8 and G-20 meetings in France this year, which include the impact of high food prices on global food security among the top priorities.

WFP  has proposed a five-point plan to respond to food price volatility, including strengthening emergency food reserves; increasing support for social protection safety nets; helping small farmers in developing countries; exempting humanitarian food purchases from export restrictions, and improving transparency and information on global food stocks, production and prices.