No sustainable development without the eradication of hunger: FAO

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Seventy percent of the world's hungry live in rural areas, where agriculture either puts food in stomachs directly...

Without the eradication of hunger, there can be no sustainable development. That's the message the UN Food and Agriculture organization –FAO is taking to the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development.

Charles Appel reports.

In a policy paper prepared for presentation in Rio, FAO warns that today, over 900 million people still suffer from hunger. And it says that since food production will have to increase by 60 percent by 2050 to feed a projected 9 billion people, it can be expected that agriculture will continue to drive sustainable development.

FAO says "We cannot call development sustainable while this situation persists, with nearly one out of every seven men, women and children left behind – the victims of undernourishment.

The UN food agency says the quest for food security can be the common thread that links the different challenges we face and helps build a sustainable future. Charles Appel, UN Radio.

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