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" Solving threat of hunger for rich may starve the poor
Patrick Seale
OVER one billion people go hungry every day – that is to say, one sixth of the world’s population of 6.5 billion. They are not just hungry from time to time. They are chronically hungry. They can never find enough food to feed their children or meet their own needs. And their number is growing.
What is the world doing about it? The answer is very little
The problem is too big, too widespread and – and also, in a sense, too slow moving – for governments of rich countries to give it the priority it evidently deserves. World hunger did not feature among the top concerns of the G20 at their recent summit meeting in London.
Yet, it is beginning to be realized that the problem of food security poses a real threat to global stability. Meeting in Italy last weekend, agriculture ministers of the G8 industrialized countries recognized the extent of the problem. They pledged to continue fighting hunger. But beyond calling for increased public and private investment in agriculture, the final communiqué of the ministerial meeting was short on fresh proposals. The only good news was the announcement by the Obama Administration that it would double US aid to agriculture in poor countries to $1bn next year.
In the wings of the meeting in Italy, the US agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack told the Financial Times, “This is not just about food security. This is about national security. It is about environmental security.” The issue, he said, should become “an issue that is front and central in international discussions.” In spite of these bold words, there was no sign of concerted action by the G8 countries."

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