The Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening MP, met with over 20 Parliamentarians and officials on Monday (20th) to discuss the NGO “Enough Food For Everyone IF” Campaign.
She mentioned that “the 3 T’s - tax, trade and transparency will dominate the upcoming G8 Agenda”, hosted in Loch Erne on 17th and 18th June.
The Minister said that the G8 countries themselves must get their tax affairs in order before trying to tell other what to do. This coincided with a letter by the Prime Minister to Britain’s “off shore tax havens” calling for transparency.
Crucially the Secretary of State spoke at great length of the role of agriculture in developing countries “to end aid dependency through job creation as a result of improved agriculture markets and systems”.
This move was welcomed by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development’s Chairman, Lord Cameron of Dillington who stated, “It is a breath of fresh air to hear a DFID minister talking so positively about the role agriculture plays in poverty reduction and job creation in developing countries.”
The Minister went on to state that investing in “agriculture is a win-win for development”, through creating sustainable food and nutrition security as well as creating jobs for rural people. She stated that working both with the private sector and through backing country’s agricultural plans would be crucial to success in this area.
The Secretary of State’s remarks come as the APPG on Agriculture and Food for Development released a new report (“Home Grown Nutrition”) which calls for DFID to prioritise investment in agriculture to end global hunger and create an end to aid dependence through vibrant rural economies lead by a productive agriculture sector.