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Joint efforts needed to meet the zero hunger challenge, says FAO chief

Oct 01, 2013

"The Zero Hunger Challenge calls for something new - something bold, but long overdue," says FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

Graziano da Silva

A hunger-free world is possible ‘within our lifetimes’ if current development partnerships can be strengthened and expanded, declared FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva on Monday at the MDG Success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact high-level forum at UN Headquarters in New York.

The forum aims to accelerate action on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by highlighting successful development partnerships and new initiatives, including the UN's Zero Hunger Challenge (launched in June 2012).

"The Zero Hunger Challenge calls for something new - something bold, but long overdue," remarked Mr. Graziano da Silva, who spoke on behalf of the UN SG's High Level Task Force on Global Food Security.

"The challenge marks] a decisive global commitment to end hunger; eliminate childhood stunting; make all food systems sustainable; eradicate rural poverty; and minimize food waste and losses," Silva said.

To achieve these goals, however, mobilizing broad-based coalitions is essential, added the FAO Director-General. "Across the globe we have learned that real change only occurs when many social actors join forces in broad political movements."

SOURCE: FAO

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