Experts gather in Rome to discuss advances in measuring hunger

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Families queue for food at a feeding point in BadBado IDP camp in Mogadishu, Somalia

Experts from around the world are meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization's headquarters in Rome, Italy on Tuesday for a three day discussion on global hunger.

The main issues to be addressed are advances in measuring food and nutrition security and evaluating the impacts of anti-hunger policies.

Ahead of the meeting, a special session was held to examine the famine situation in Somalia and the international community's response.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva says the world needs to arrive at a "holistic" understanding of hunger.

"We need quality measurements to understand the problem we are facing and to design and implement policies we also need quantitative measures. In this case, quantity qualifies the problem. It is quite different to have one million and one billion or more undernourished and underweight people".

The last symposium held in 2002 led to a global partnership for improving the measurement of food deprivation and under-nutrition.

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