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International Community Must Work Together To Sustainably Eradicate Hunger

Inter Press Service: Making Every Euro Count in the Fight Against Malnutrition
José Graziano da Silva, director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

“…What do we really need to do to eradicate all forms of malnutrition? In the first place, we need to acknowledge that this battle should receive high priority. … Secondly, we need more funds. … Governments can’t do it on their own, nor can those with deep pockets acting alone. The same applies to international agencies, NGOs, civil society, and/or the private sector working. We really need to combine and align our efforts. … Food production should be done in a way that is sustainable and generates dividends in other areas. Policies towards eradicating hunger need to address every element of the food system. … Even when priorities pile up on our agendas, we must not leave aside food and nutrition, which lie at the heart of life, health, and development. To be sure, we are equally obliged to make the most out of every euro we spend on this front, and ensure that it leads to sustainable and long-term positive effects that reach everybody, especially the most vulnerable. There is no time — nor money — to be wasted” (10/3).