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Friday, 26 October 2012

FAO Director-General calls for "next big step" in hunger fight

On 24 October 2012, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva called on international food communities and all players  in the global food system to join together in eradicating  hunger from the earth "within our lifetimes". Opening the bi-annual Terra Madre conference, organised in Turin by Slow Food International, he said achieving zero hunger would require eliminating food losses and waste. The Director-General said it was time to take "the next big step" in the fight against malnutrition.
Meeting the challenge would mean making all food systems sustainable, enabling smallholders - and especially women - to double their productivity and income, cutting food waste, ensuring people have year-round access to nutritious food, and ending malnutrition in pregnancy and child stunting. Graziano da Silva said that one reason food was wasted was because of  "a tendency to excessive consumption in middle and high-income countries".

Source: FAO