WFP's exhibition tent at Davos.
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As heads of state, business leaders, NGOs and experts debate the state of the world in Davos, the global financial crisis is the issue on most people’s minds. WFP is calling on leaders to keep hunger on the agenda as they seek solutions to the financial challenges. (See our Davos page)
Hear it in the words of WFP's Executive Director, Josette Sheeran.
Today, there are nearly 1 billion hungry people in the world. If people in the industrialized world are hurting, imagine the ‘bottom billion’. Last year they were hit by a global rise in the price of food, and now a global economic crisis has made them even more vulnerable. They don’t have the finances or coping mechanisms to protect themselves from this latest shock.
If leaders commit just a fraction of what they're spending on bank bailouts to programs that support small farmers, educate mothers or feed school children, we can make a lasting impact on people’s lives, and maybe even reach the Millenium Development Goal number 1: to halve world hunger by 2015.
WFP was invited to Davos to take part in discussions on hunger and malnutrition, poverty, climate change and other key issues. Among her other commitments, WFP’s Executive Director Josette Sheeran on Friday chaired a session on Fresh Solutions for Food Security.
WFP sees Davos as a unique opportunity to re-focus attention on how the world's poorest and hungriest people are being affected by the global financial downturn. Part of WFP’s job is to keep global hunger on the world agenda – so that together we can find ways to solve it.