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Summary: The Red Crescent Authority (RCA) started the second phase of its programme to provide aid to the victims of food crises in Yemen on Thursday.
GENEVA, May 14 (KUNA) -- As European Union Finance Ministers meet on May 15, coinciding with the G-8 Summit in Camp David, a group of United Nations independent experts urged the EU on Monday to take the lead in promoting the adoption of a global financial transaction tax to offset the costs of the enduring economic, financial, fuel, climate, and food crises, and to protect basic human rights.
Estimates suggest that at its lowest rate the FTT would yield about USD 48 billion across the G20, with higher rates offering up to USD 250 billion dollars per year to offset the costs of the enduring economic, financial, fuel, climate, and food crises.
This is particularly crucial for the Horn of Africa countries, which is witnessing one of the worst food crises ever.
She said: "It smacks to me of governments wanting to remove themselves from criticism for food crises.
David Byrne, health and consumer protection commissioner, said: "We have learnt our lesson from the food crises of the 1990s.
The result is frequent food crises and chronic food insecurity.
To counteract the increasing occurrence of acute food crises, the Niger Government established a coordination body known as the Dispositif National de Prevention et de Gestion des Crises Alimentaires (national facility for the prevention and management of food crises) in 1998.
The Niger Red Cross, with support from the IFRC and other partners from the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, has responded for many years to the food crises that regularly hit Niger and will build on that experience in its response to this crisis.