Halving poverty requires revision of worlds food systems: UN chief

08:30, November 05, 2010      

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The world food systems must be fixed in order to reach the Millennium Development Goal of reducing hunger and poverty by half, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon said here Thursday at a meeting in commemoration of World Food Day.

"Achieving that will lift up whole societies and help us achieve all of the other goals," Ban said.

The current number of chronically undernourished people stands on 925 million, according to the secretary-general.

"By coming together we can mark each World Food Day on a planet with fewer and fewer hungry people until we achieve food an nutrition security for all," Ban said.

World Food Day was celebrated on Oct. 16 across the world with the theme "United Against Hunger."

When the first World Food Day was marked in November 1979 the number of hungry people reached over one billion.

Currently new movements are engaging the public through social networks, e.g. the Billion Hungry campaign, which seeks to amplify the voice of the hungry, and the Thousands Days movement, which calls to action individuals, businesses, NGOs, and political leaders to impact malnutrition during the first 1,000 days from pregnancy to age two.

The ongoing price upswings are expected to hit low-income countries hardest, posing a major threat to food security, the secretary-general said.

"I will work to ensure that the entire UN system responds to these emerging developments as well as long-term concerns on food security," he added.

Source: Xinhua


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