Food is crucial to achieving development goals

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Food is crucial to achieving the Millennium Development Goals set by world leaders in 2000 to eradicate extreme poverty by 2015, according to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Speaking at a meeting of civil society on food security and sustainable development in Madrid, Spain, Mr. Ban said that food is also a matter of peace and security.

He pointed out that when there is nothing to eat, there is serious distrust and frustration, which can lead to social and political instability as witnessed in recent years with riots over food prices in many countries.

"Food security is crucial. Yes, it is a primary development objective in its own right. But food security is also among the keys to achieving all the MDGs – with a big multiplier effect on education, health and women's empowerment. If we solve food security issues, we can solve even gender empowerment, health and education."

Following the 2008 food crisis, the Secretary-General established a High-level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis which has developed a Comprehensive Framework for Action.

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