"Political commitment" needed to solve global hunger

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Children at the World Food Programme (WFP) school feeding centre in Guidam Makadam, Niger. UN Photo/WFP/Phil Behan

Governments around the world are being urged by the United Nations to make a stronger political commitment to solve global hunger.

The UN estimates that worldwide over 840 million people are chronically undernourished.

It says the proportion of undernourished has fallen by only 17 per cent since the early 1990s.

Malnutrition is responsible for about half of all child deaths under five years of age, causing over three million deaths every year.

An international conference on malnutrition is due to be co-organized by the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in November.

The FAO Director-General is José Graziano da Silva.

“What we hope with this international conference is to have a political declaration and a framework for action to be endorsed by member countries that gives us a road-map for the future. And I would like to remember that despite that governments are ultimately responsible for nutrition welfare of their citizens, we see a very important role for non-state actors to play on nutrition.”  (32″)

The two UN agencies say that efforts to improve food and nutrition security continue to be hampered by governance issues such as low political commitment, weak institutions and a lack of appropriate coordination.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration:  1’34″


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