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Pope Calls On Nations To Share Wealth, Lower Food Waste To Combat Hunger; Yemen Minister Warns Of Child Malnutrition

News outlets report on comments made Thursday at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in Rome by Pope Francis and Yemen Agriculture Minister Farid Mujawar.

Associated Press: Pope demands just distribution of world’s bounty
“Pope Francis demanded a more just distribution of the world’s bounty for the poor and hungry Thursday, telling a U.N. conference on nutrition that access to food is a basic human right that shouldn’t be subject to market speculation and quests for profit…” (Winfield, 11/20).

Reuters: Pope says food commodity speculation hurts fight against hunger
“…Addressing a United Nations conference on nutrition, he called on rich nations to share their wealth and denounced waste, excessive consumption, and unequal distribution of food…” (Pullella, 11/20).

U.N. News Centre: Pope Francis urges concrete action in global nutrition challenge at U.N. conference in Rome
“…He told delegates from the 172 nations attending the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) to make sure their pledges assure food security to all citizens are put into concrete practice, saying that the right to a healthy diet was about dignity, not charitable hand-outs. Despite there being enough food for everyone, food issues are regularly subject to manipulated information, claims about national security, corruption, and ‘teary-eyed’ evocations of economic crisis, Francis said…” (11/20).

Reuters: Half Yemen’s children malnourished as hunger worsens strife
“Nearly half the children in Yemen are suffering from malnutrition, the agriculture minister has said, as insurgencies, water scarcity, and climate change exacerbate sectarian strife in the Arabian Peninsula’s poorest state…” (Arsenault, 11/20).

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