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Hunger

Quotations

“Ending world hunger is an achievable goal within this generation if the right strategies are adopted.”

Josette Sheeran, Executive Director
World Food Programme

“Defeating hunger is a realistic goal for our time, as long as lasting political, economic, financial and technical solutions are adopted.”

Jacques Diouf, Director-General
UN Food and Agriculture Organization

“We also should remember that Food is good business. When nations solve the problem it fuels their economy”

Josette Sheeran, Executive Director
World Food Programme, September 2010

“People from all over the globe are demanding change, urging political leaders to take action and to tackle the root causes of hunger and food insecurity, I very much hope that their voices will be heard.”

Jacques Diouf, Director-General
UN Food and Agriculture Organization

“My personal awakening of the devastating power of hunger happened in 1986. I just had my first child and I was feeding her and watching television. I saw an Ethiopian mother with a child the same age as my baby who was crying very weakly for food. And the mother had no milk in her breasts to feed the baby and she had no food for herself. And I thought there can’t be anything more painful than not being able to answer your child’s call for food. What struck me at the time, and remains with me now, is that there was enough food in the world for everyone to eat. During the food crisis in 2008 there was enough food for everyone in the world to have 2,700 kilocalories. Yet a silent tsunami threw more than 115 million into abject hunger.

Josette Sheeran, Executive Director
World Food Programme, September 2010

“I call on the international community at the highest level ... to adopt the target of halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty, and so lifting more than 1 billion people out of it, by 2015.”

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, cited in The Millennium Report