Posted by: africanpressorganization | 6 November 2008

FAO Chief appeals to Obama to help end world hunger / Diouf urges US to call early World Food Summit



FAO Chief appeals to Obama to help end world hunger / Diouf urges US to call early World Food Summit


ROME, Italy, November 6, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf called today on US President-elect Barack Obama to make the eradication of world hunger a priority on his agenda and to host a World Summit on the issue in the first half of next year.


In a message congratulating Senator Obama on his election, Diouf said the United States should, “in the first semester of 2009, take a leadership role in convening a World Summit on Food Security in order to reach a wide and common consensus on the definitive elimination of hunger from the world”.


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Heightened awareness of the plight of 923 million hungry persons as a result of the ongoing global food and financial crises created a “special window of opportunity for such an initiative”, Diouf said.


“The Summit must find US$30 billion per year to build and develop rural infrastructures and increase agricultural productivity in the developing world, particularly in low-income food-deficit countries, with a view to doubling production to ensure food security for a world population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050”, Diouf continued.


“The Summit should also lay the basis for a new agricultural trade system offering farmers in developed and developing countries alike the chance to make a decent living”, he added.


“We must use our intelligence and imagination to design policies to promote sustainable agricultural development based on fair international trade”.




SOURCE : Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


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