Indian Premier Indira Gandhi has called for renewed international co-operation to eliminate hunger from the earth.
GV & CU EXTERIOR Vigyan Bhavan building in New Delhi (2 shots)
CU Delegates from USA, Thailand, Vietnam, North Korea, New Zealand and China seated in hall (5 shots)
SV Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi walks to seat
CU Delegates from Burma, Bangladesh, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia seated (3 shots)
CU Mrs. Gandhi speaking in English with delegates listening (5 shots)
SV & CU Delegate from Nepal watches as Mrs. Gandhi leaves rostrum and is handed F.A.O. postal stamps by Communications Minister Mr. Stephen (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 5): GANDHI: "Food is the very foundation of life. Today, with the help of industrial technology we produce a myriad things, but food production must remain our first concern. This concern has been summed up in the evolution, through the F.A.O of the concept of the international food security system. The realisation that man was born free, but was everywhere in chains, led to the great revolutionary movements of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the realisation that while science has given us the power to feed all mankind, 800 million still live in hunger, must spur us on to new international arrangements to eliminate want. it is unfortunate that the recommendations of the World Food Conference of 1974 have made little headway. The developed and the developing seem to see the universe differently. It is in this context that today's conference assumes significance."
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Background: Indian Premier Indira Gandhi has called for renewed international co-operation to eliminate hunger from the earth. She made her plea at the inaugural session of the fifteenth regional conference for Asia and the Pacific of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (F.A.O.).
SYNOPSIS: The Vigyan Bhavan building in New Delhi was the chosen location for the fifteenth regional conference of the F.A.O. Delegates from the twenty six countries with an interest in the Asia-Pacific region met to discuss improving food production in an area where the unpredictable climate can have a devastating effect on crops. The region has been a focus of world attention during the last twelve months. For delegates from the United States, Thailand and Vietnam the plight of the Indo-Chinese "boat people" and refugees from Afghanistan is of major concern.
Mrs. Gandhi recognised that rising costs in agricultural production had disrupted efforts to improve conditions in most developing countries. She urged strategic price controls over essential items such as fertilisers, and employment creating, rather than labour saving, technology. She told delegates that cotton, jute, and rubber producers should exploit the rise in petroleum based products to win food security from the affluent countries.
Mrs. Gandhi went on to say that organic recycling techniques could help in the question of the world's energy management. She suggested the United States as one place where considerable savings could be made. Her speech received warm applause, and the Indian Minister for Communications, Mr. Stephen, presented a special postage stamp, issued to commemorate the occasion.