» 06/03/2008, 00.00
VATICAN – FAO
Hunger and malnutrition unacceptable in a resource-rich world, Pope tells FAO
For Benedict XVI hunger is an ethical issue that cannot be solved by technological or statistical fixes. The right to life and dignity must be asserted and the role of the “rural family” in production, distribution and marketing farm products emphasised. FAO director-general describes the gap between military spending and what would be needed to support agriculture and defeat the current food emergency.
Food crisis in Nepal, two million people without nourishment
The winter drought and the overflowing of the Koshi river last August have brought the agricultural industry to its knees. Unrest is exploding in the country. The government is violently repressing demonstrations, but has no practical plan for addressing the crisis.
Bangladesh needs rice
According to army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed the country is facing a real crisis as a result of higher rice prices. Half a million tonnes are needed right away, but donor countries have responded with scepticism, urging the Bangladesh government to use its foreign currency reserves to buy wheat.
Food is a fundamental right, lifestyles must change, Pope says
In his message for World Food Day, Benedict XVI highlights the need for agriculture to receive a sufficient level of investments, urging the international community to intervene in its favour in an appropriate and determined way. He calls for the preservation of each area’s cultivation methods and the prevention of the thoughtless exploitation of natural resources. He also insists that the values specific to the rural world and the fundamental rights of people who work the land must be safeguarded.
Afghanistan could feed its population and avert the world food crisis
All it would have to do is replace its massive opium production with wheat, and it could feed the Afghan population, 70% of which suffers from hunger. A study by the FAO, the UN food and agriculture agency, has revealed that by devoting more money to irrigation systems, this dream could become reality.
Eat insects to beat world hunger, UN scientists say
Larvae, crickets and worms are rich in proteins and minerals that are essential to the human body; experts advise eating bugs during drought and other crises.
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