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    Delegates from 130 countries were urged by the Director General of the food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations to build up national stock piles of basic cereals against times of famine.

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    Delegates from 130 countries were urged by the Director General of the food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations to build up national stock piles of basic cereals against times of famine.

    Dr. Addeke Boerma was speaking at the formal opening in Rome on Monday (November 12) of the 19 day biennial Governing Conference of the F.A.O.

    Dr. Boerma's plan provides for an internationally - coordinated system of stockpiling to tide the world over periods of crop failure, natural disasters and fluctuations.

    But F.A.O. say that the actual build up of the proposed basic food stocks would be possible only after the present world cereals supply shortage had been eased. That might take at least two years.

    The F.A.O. Director-General has described the current world food situation as the ???at since the Second World War.

    Dr. Boerma has warned that developing countries must be able to obtain their minimum essential cereal imports for 1973/74 if they are to avoid acute hardship, serious political and social instability. He also strongly supported the proposal by U.S.Secretary of State, Dr. Kissinger for a World Food Conference next year.

    The Conference admitted four countries to membership - Albania, Bangladesh, the People's Republic of Mongolia and the United Arab Emirates.

    But Bangladesh was only admitted after a protest.

    Pakistan's delegate Malik Baksh Bucha said that United Nations resolutions had clearly linked the admission of Bangladesh to the United Nations with the release and return of Pakistan prisoners of war. Although progress had been made, some fundamental matters had still to be settled. Pakistan's position was supported by The People's Republic of China and Libya.

    SYNOPSIS: In Rome on Monday - the formal opening of the Biannual Governing Conference of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.

    Delegates from one hundred and thirty countries were to hear that the world food situation was now more difficult than at any time since the end of World War Two.

    The delegates were even warned by a Japanese development expert Dr. Saburo Okita that food rationing might have to be introduced for both rich and poor countries because of shortages.

    The flags of four new members were paraded before the conference. They were Albania, the People's Republic of Mongolia, the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh. But Bangladesh was only admitted after a protest from Pakistan over prisoners of war. The Bangladesh delegate then expressed his gratitude to the conference.

    The delegate from the United Arab Emirates also addressed the audience which included forty Government Ministers.

    The main speaker was F.A.O. Director General, Dr. Addeke Boerma, who called for a minimum world food security plan.

    Dr. Boerma urged delegates to provide for an internationally co-ordinated system of stockpiling cereals. This would tide the world over periods of crop failure or natural disaster.

    He also strongly supported the holding of a World Food Conference next year.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAENF7LF88EWH2TJ8D6V4C6HHTC
    Media URN:
    VLVAENF7LF88EWH2TJ8D6V4C6HHTC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/11/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
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    N/A

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