September 16, 2019
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 In Food Instability and Political Crises

Country: Turkey
Delegate Name: Izabella Smeak

Delegate: Izabella Smeak
Country: Turkiye
Committee: UNDP
Topic: Food Instability and Political Crisis

The United Nation’s goal is to end world hunger. Every year millions go hungry, and billions of people don’t get the nutrients that they need. Because of COVID-19, food insecurity rose even higher than in previous years. The global cost of food has also increased dramatically over the past few years. One of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is to “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.” In 2012, the Zero Hunger Challenge was launched to prevent all children under two years from becoming stunted by providing a healthy diet for the year. The World Food Programme supplies and assists 80 different countries with food and knowledge to become more secure. These groups and a few others work towards aiding countries to keep their populations healthy by delivering food at no cost to the country and educating these countries on how to become more sustainable.
During the Syrian refugee crisis in 2011, Turkiye took in almost 3.1 million refugees and has spent over 10 billion dollars to support said, refugees. Turkiye has partnered with international organizations such as the World Food Programme, The International Fund for Agricultural Development, and The Food and Agricultural Organization. These organizations provided loans and grants to assist in feeding and housing these refugees. Since then, Turkiye has become a great donor to the World Food Programme as well as other governments. Turkiye has developed many skills in agriculture. Turkiye has assisted many countries in need with technologies to better food availability. Even though Turkiye helps other countries, poverty is quite prevalent in the rural areas of Turkiye at about 35%, with a 22% poverty rate in urban areas. The International Fund for Agricultural Development set a plan to increase job opportunities and boost the economy. Turkiye is also now seen as a country that has hit its goal of reducing malnourished children by The International Fund for Agricultural Development.
Turkiye’s goal is to keep their rural areas out of poverty and reduce hunger. Turkiye plans to continue to support international organizations to help end hunger not only in Turkiye but worldwide as well. People, especially children have the right to get the food, nutrients, and knowledge needed to keep them healthy and ensure a better future. Turkiye urges that countries who have already achieved close to food sustainability help and support other countries in need with cash, with food and teach them skills to improve agriculture needs in their country. Turkiye would look forward to working with the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

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