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Brazil, Chile and Caricom countries back FAO's proposal for a World Summit on Food Security
The Heads of Government of CARICOM countries as well as President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil and President Michelle Bachelet of Chile are putting their support behind a proposal by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf for a World Summit on Food Security next November in Rome, on the occasion of the 36th Session of the Conference of the Organization.
The announcement came after Dr. Diouf's visit earlier this month to Chile and Brazil, where he had separate talks with Presidents Bachelet and Lula, and to Belize, where he took part in the 20th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
At a meeting with Diouf on 7 March, President Bachelet indicated her support for the proposed World Summit of Heads of State and Government on Food Security and her intention to be at the meeting. In a joint meeting on 9 March, President Lula expressed his support for the Summit proposal and his plan to participate in it.