Deutsche Welle – ILO – SOCHUM on Food Insecurity and Undernutrition in Food Deserts and Rural Communities

The debate in the social, humanitarian, and cultural committee (SOCHUM), was centered upon differences, strengths, and weaknesses among the three primary working papers, which all aimed to solve the problem of food insecurity and undernutrition in food deserts and rural communities. The working papers were titled T.R.I.C.C.S, R.E.S.T, and F.A.C.E.T, and were led by the United Kingdom, Russia, and Vietnam respectively. After speaking to the delegates from the United Kingdom and China, the press learned that T.R.I.C.C.S is primarily interested in making collective funds in order to help all developing and developed countries shoulder the responsibility of food insecurity. Conversely, the R.E.S.T plan believes in helping developed countries combat food insecurity, claiming that not only is the food insecurity of underdeveloped nations not the responsibility of other countries, but also that the T.R.I.C.C.S plan is unrealistic in that it aims to offer services, for example, transportation, that underdeveloped countries do not have the infrastructure to support. Russia pointed to roads as an example of this, claiming that not all underdeveloped nations will have roads to support the transportation of food and people to food banks. Finally, the last paper, F.A.C.E.T, aims to tailor individual approaches to food insecurity for each country, based on the specific needs of that country. The delegate from Morocco spoke to the press, claiming that “Because Morocco has recently suffered many droughts, they will need a specialized plan to combat food insecurity, specific to the education of farmers and the respect of cultural traditions, which may not work for, say, countries located in the tropics.”

Germany shows their support of the F.A.C.E.T plan. We believe that food security is a human right that should be prioritized by underdeveloped and developed nations alike. Because of the history of colonization and colonialism, we believe that many countries bare the responsibility of food insecurity in nations other than their own. With F.A.C.E.T, the UN can address the needs of farmers, agriculture, climate change, education, and transportation simultaneously, providing a broad plan which can work for many different countries. As the second largest donor to the World Food Programme, Germany feels as if it is our responsibility to act as a role model in the fight against hunger. In 2022 alone, we have put 2 billion euros towards humanitarian food aid and crisis-proof food systems.