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Global leaders meet for World Summit on Food Security

November 16, 2009 - ROME

Heads of state and government will be asked by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to reach a broad consensus on the total and rapid elimination of hunger when they gather for the World Summit on Food Security in November. FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf also wants them to agree to increase agriculture's share of official development assistance to 17 per cent, the level it was in 1980, from the current 5 per cent.

Heads of state and government will be asked by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to reach a broad consensus on the total and rapid elimination of hunger when they gather for the World Summit on Food Security in November. FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf also wants them to agree to increase agriculture's share of official development assistance to 17 per cent, the level it was in 1980, from the current 5 per cent. The summit will discuss putting into place a more coherent and effective system of food security, including rules and mechanisms to ensure adequate incomes for farmers, mobilizing investments into agricultural infrastructure and access to inputs, and a mechanism for early reaction to food crises. Diof describes the world food security governance system as inefficient and not well coordinated to address the present food crisis and the new challenges of the future. On World Food Day in October, he said rich donor countries, developing countries and assistance institutions all now have to focus on policies that will assist the 1.02 billion undernourished people in the world. In a message to the World Food Day celebrations, Pope Benedict XVI, who will be attending the November World Summit on Food Security, called for the 'international community and its institutions to intervene in a more suitable and decisive manner." He said that access to food was a fundamental human right and that the 'drama'; of hunger could only be eliminated by 'removing the structural causes'; and by investing in agricultural development in poor countries. Oct/09

Economic crisis requires swift action on hunger: FAO chief (AFP 16 Oct 2009)

Diouf calls for rapid elimination of hunger (FAO 16 Oct 2009)

Date written/update: 2009-11-16