Nicolás Maduro: “Venezuela is under economic and speculative attacks”
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro attended the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome to receive official recognition for the Venezuelan government’s successes in combating malnutrition. IPS journalist Julio Godoy interviewed President Maduro. Selected quotes:
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- “Venezuela has a public network of access and food distribution that is unique in the world”
- “The direct victims of neoliberalism are the poor of the earth”
- “Part of our land was amputated owing to the crippling effect of oil culture, and this runs against agriculture and fields”
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While Venezuela is facing a food supply crisis, its President Nicolas Maduro is in Rome attending the conference of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO), where he has received an official recognition for his government’s success in combating malnutrition. Julio Godoy / IPS: President Maduro, with what state of mind have you received the FAO recognition? Nicolás Maduro: Well, I have received it with great pride but also with great commitment because we must continue consolidating and multiplying policies that promote equal access to food. Julio Godoy / IPS: How does the Venezuelan network of food distribution work? Nicolás Maduro: Nowadays Venezuela has a public distribution and food access network that FAO is recognizing as unique in the world. Julio Godoy / IPS: What should be the impact of Chavez and then of your government’s policies on food distribution? Nicolás Maduro: The goal is to establish very strong state’s policies that take care of the needs of all the Venezuelan population, but with a particular attention to those suffering from malnutrition, who have been neglected for decades. They were the direct victims of the Neo Liberalism of the Eighties and Nineties: the poor people of the earth Julio Godoy / IPS: You have asked FAO to monitor access to food. What does this consist in? Nicolás Maduro: We have two requests. First of all we need support to continue establishing production plans, we have 30 million hectares of land. We are suffering an amputation owing to the impact of one hundred years’ of oil exploiting culture on field production culture. We are making all the efforts to cultivate these 30 millions hectares of land, that have the best climate, water and earth conditions. We have also asked FAO to give us special support to establish an invulnerable, permanent food supply system for all the products which may face speculative or economic attacks, as those Venezuela is enduring today, from inside and outside the country. These are attacks that want to destroy the Bolivarian revolution. They have failed until now and they will fail in the future. We believe that, thanks to FAO support, we will establish an invulnerable food supply system.