FAO initiates debate on declaration for World Summit on Food Security

FAO initiates debate on declaration for World Summit on Food Security

31/07/2009

FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf has invited governments around the world to participate in negotiations to agree on a declaration for adoption by the World Summit of Heads of State and Government on Food Security, to take place from 16 to 18 November 2009 in Rome.

The decision to convene the summit was taken by the FAO Council in June 2009. To initiate the negotiation process, Dr Diouf has sent a document to Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Development Cooperation and Agriculture of members of FAO and the United Nations.

The text, entitled "Secretariat contribution to defining the objectives and possible decisions of the World Summit on Food Security", calls for the complete eradication of hunger from the face of the Earth by 2025 and for secure, sufficient, safe and nutritious food supplies for a growing world population that is projected to reach 9.2 billion in 2050.