Food and nutrition security should be the top development goal: FAO

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There's a call for food security and nutrition to be the central element in future development efforts. According to a global multi-stakeholder consultation which discussed the world development agenda beyond 2015, new development objectives should be established for the entire global community.

The one-day consultation on Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition in the Post-2015 Development Agenda stressed that food security and nutrition represent the cornerstone for progress on other development fronts such as employment, education, the environment and health and in achieving a quality future for humankind.

Opening the meeting, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva urged the international community to commit to the complete eradication of hunger in setting its development priorities beyond 2015 – the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000.

He said "In line with the UN Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge, and in close collaboration with development partners, we agree that nothing less than the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition is what we should be striving for”.

The Rome meeting emphasized that sustainable development goals should strongly complement poverty eradication efforts when it comes to food security and nutrition. Furthermore, new development objectives should be agreed upon not just for developing countries but for the global community as a whole.

Donn Bobb, United Nations Radio.

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