DILI, 25 september 2021 (TATOLI) – New and ambitious partnerships with the private sector, donors, national government, and NGOs are critical towards zero hunger, said David Muldrow Beasley, the Executive Director of the World Food Program.
“Food systems are achievable but we need all hands on deck, not later but now,” Beasley said during the ‘Fix The Food Conference’, held in Oslo, Norway, on september 24.
He said there is enough food in the world to feed every single person, yet the fragile food system means that 811 million go to bed hungry every night, while 270 million others are just one step away from starvation.
Beasley states that the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 has put global hunger as a critical issue at the top of the global agenda, saying food security and its critical role laid a pathway to more stable and peaceful societies.
“Now we all have to ensure that it stays there until every single woman, every single man, girl and boy have access to enough healthy and nutritious food to survive and thrive,” said Beasley.
“As we look to the future, we must ensure we plant the seeds for a more resilient and more sustainable food system, which can lay a pathway to a more peaceful and prosperous society.”
The 1996 Nobel Peace Laureate and the Former President of the Republic, José Ramos-Horta said that food security or the availability of food for the poorest of the poor is an ethical and moral issue: “It is abominable that in the 21st century, there are still so many people going hungry.”
“There must be more donor countries to support those in need – the richer countries, the richer corporations, the richer foundations, and richer families to support the hungered communities. Solidarity cannot be only from the governments,” said Horta.
Horta emphasized that there are today trillions of trillions of dollars are in the hands of the private sector – in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe, adding private sector has more money than the government: “So, we have to mobilize the international private sector, such as banks, rich foundations, and big corporations, to work with the government, UN leadership, world bank leadership in joint programs to address some of the hunger, malnutrition, clean water, elimination of the preventable diseases, or tropical diseases like malaria.”
The Fix The Food Peace Conference was co-hosted between the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and World Food Program.
The Conference brought together Noble Peace Prize Laureates, representatives from member states and international organizations, practitioners, and activists to discuss the role of food security as a pathway to peace and stable societies, the wider humanitarian-development-peace nexus, and how to fix the broken food systems.
Journalist: Filomeno Martins
Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario