FAO at Rio +20
Hunger is the ultimate form of social and economic exclusion; a hungry person has no voice, no vote, no productive capacity. When his or her voice is heard, it is often the voice of despair and violence. A hungry person cannot plan for the future or use available resources in a sustainable manner but must act to survive on a day-to-day basis.
Eliminating hunger and malnutrition is thus both a matter of justice and an essential contribution to sustainable development.
To achieve the future we want we need to create the right linkages between universal food security and nutrition, responsible environmental stewardship and greater fairness in food management. These dimensions converge in agricultural and food systems at all levels. Healthy and productive lives depend on food security, which is achieved "when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life" as agreed by FAO member countries at the World Food Summit in 1996.