Ending hunger should become global movement

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Ending hunger once and for all should become a global movement, says FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva. Photo: FAO/Daniel Hayduk

The entire world has been called on by the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to join a global movement to end hunger and malnutrition once and for all.

Jose Graziano da Silva was on Thursday at the International Agricultural Forum at Expo Milan, in Italy.

Also known as the "world's fair", the public exhibition is being held until October under the theme "feeding the planet, energy for life".

Ana Carmo reports.

Speaking to more than 50 agriculture ministers, FAO's chief Jose Graziano da Silva said citizens, producers and the private sector all have a role to play in ending hunger.

He explained that the Expo 2015 Universal Exhibition, which is hosting the forum, comes at what he called a "crucial moment in history".

It coincides with the end of a 15-year global effort to reduce hunger as well as a new one that will promise to eradicate it altogether.

Mr Graziano da Silva added that hunger’s root cause is not the scarcity of food but poverty, linked to a spectrum of inequalities and revolving around questions of access.  

Ministers are expected on Friday to sign what is called in Italian the “Carta di Milano,” which translates to the "Milano Card".

The initiative by the Italian government seeks to encourage countries, organizations, companies and citizens to pledge to find solutions to nutrition challenges.

Ana Carmo, United Nations.

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