Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on food security summit at UN

Published on 27 September 2009

(Josette Sheeran released the following statement after a September 26 summit chaired by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.)

Hunger is on the rise. More than a billion people wake up each day without enough to eat. The threat of continued record high food prices in the developing world and global recession have devastated poor nations and left populations weak and facing severe malnutrition and even starvation.

This food security initiative comes at a critical moment when the world needs to get serious about hunger and malnutrition and their implications for conflict, migration, poverty and disease.

The hungry cannot wait.

We must act now to meet urgent needs through comprehensive and sustainable solutions. Secretary Clinton’s commitment to a comprehensive approach that links expanded farm production with the urgent needs of the hungry poor and empowers women and girls needs bold and strong support. 

We will work in every way to support the success of this initiative and the Secretary General’s leadership on hunger and food security. 

Together, we can ensure adequate access to sufficient, nutritious food for the poorest and most vulnerable.