Ending hunger can be achieved, says Ban Ki-moonListen /
Ending hunger can be achieved, according to the United Nations Secretary-General.
Ban Ki-moon was speaking in Rome on Wednesday to food experts from around the world.
He said that during his visit to South Sudan on Tuesday, he saw a country on the brink of a food security calamity.
Without immediate action, Mr Ban said up to a million people in South Sudan could be at risk of famine in a matter of months.
He also reminded that 2014 is the international year of family farming, and much more needs to be done to enable farmers to adapt to changing climates.
” We need to do everything we can to enable the 500 million smallholder farmers around the world to produce enough food in increasingly fragile ecosystems. We must support them as they increase their resilience to shocks caused by a warming world.” (0'19")
Ban Ki-moon was nonetheless encouraged that more than 40 countries have achieved the goal of cutting the number of undernourished people by half.
He said realizing this target is the first step towards zero hunger throughout the world.
Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.