Reaching the goal of “zero hunger” requires ending poverty

September 26, 2015

In order to eradicate world hunger in 15 years, as proposed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is necessary to mobilize resources and end extreme poverty in all corners of the planet, concluded the participants in a discussion on the subject held today in the UN headquarters in New York.

The high-level forum “Mobilizing the Zero Hunger Generation”, co-sponsored by FAO, the World Food Program (WFP) and the Mission and Ireland to the UN, considered that hunger and agriculture should be placed at the center of the world economic policy.

Those attending the event agreed that it is not the lack of food that is behind hunger and recalled that today the world produces enough food to feed the entire population.

José Graziano da Silva, Director General of FAO, also stressed that a third of the food produced is wasted.

After asserting that the lack of access to food is due to the lack of money to buy it, Graziano cited the migration crisis as one of the consequences of hunger and poverty.

“What is the challenge for the future? Africa. And in Africa it is about keeping young people there, not allowing them to try to take the first boat to cross the Mediterranean and, many of them, die trying. So we must give them land and give women opportunities. Women are key. When you talk about hunger and poor nutrition, you need to talk about empowering women, “he said.

On the other hand, the panellists highlighted the need for civil society participation in the task of mobilizing the resources that are needed to end the scourge of hunger.

September 26, 2015

In order to eradicate world hunger in 15 years, as proposed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is necessary to mobilize resources and end extreme poverty in all corners of the planet, concluded the participants in a discussion on the subject held today in the UN headquarters in New York.

The high-level forum “Mobilizing the Zero Hunger Generation”, co-sponsored by FAO, the World Food Program (WFP) and the Mission and Ireland to the UN, considered that hunger and agriculture should be placed at the center of the world economic policy.

Those attending the event agreed that it is not the lack of food that is behind hunger and recalled that today the world produces enough food to feed the entire population.

José Graziano da Silva, Director General of FAO, also stressed that a third of the food produced is wasted.

After asserting that the lack of access to food is due to the lack of money to buy it, Graziano cited the migration crisis as one of the consequences of hunger and poverty.

“What is the challenge for the future? Africa. And in Africa it is about keeping young people there, not allowing them to try to take the first boat to cross the Mediterranean and, many of them, die trying. So we must give them land and give women opportunities. Women are key. When you talk about hunger and poor nutrition, you need to talk about empowering women, “he said.

On the other hand, the panellists highlighted the need for civil society participation in the task of mobilizing the resources that are needed to end the scourge of hunger.