Poverty lies at the root of hunger

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Tackling poverty is the only way to conquer hunger, Argentina’s Kirchner says

Poverty lies at the root of hunger, and active state policies directed at eradicating inequality are the most effective way to eradicate malnutrition, Argentina President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said here today.

Those who suffer hunger are those who can’t afford to buy food, and so we believe we must focus on that aspect,” she told government representatives gathered at FAO’s biannual Conference.

In a broad address, Kirchner also called for active state intervention aimed at dismantling trade and customs tariffs and barriers on global food trade, coupled with stricter regulations on financial instruments linked to agricultural commodities to prevent speculation.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.