The world is better positioned than ever before to fight and defeat global hunger, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran told delegates at the World Food Summit in Rome, citing the commitment, knowhow and unity that now exist around the issue.
Sheeran listed five reasons why defeating hunger was within reach now more than ever before:
1. There is commitment
2. Unity is possible
The world has shown that it can unite to fight hunger. Last year WFP had more than 100 donor nations – most of whom are also helping this year, even in the crunch of the global financial crisis.
3. We have the knowhow
4. Comprehensive approaches exist
Approaches such as WFP’s innovative Purchase for Progress offer comprehensive solutions which bring together country leadership, support from the Rome-based agencies, and from nations around the world.
5. It’s everyone’s job
Fighting hunger and malnutrition is the job of everyone, not just world leaders. If every person with plenty shared just a $1.50 or Euro a week with those who do not have enough food, hunger could be overcome virtually overnight. Billion for a Billion