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How to eradicate poverty and hunger

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A farmer waters his crops using water from the canal which feeds the highlands and lowlands of Kiroka (Tanzania)

 

FAO Director-General: Climate change, poverty, hunger and inequality are interrelated

Graziano da Silva addresses high-level dialogue at UN Sustainable Development Summit

Agriculture and rural development need a major boost if we want to achieve the 2030 globally-agreed goals of eradicating hunger and extreme poverty, a challenge made more complex by climate change, FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva, said today.

“This will require drastic changes in how we produce and consume food,” the FAO Director-General said

He was speaking in New York at the “Interactive Dialogue on Poverty and Hunger,” an event which is part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit.

The decision by the international community to adopt the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is a “historic moment” the FAO Director-General said, noting that it is indeed possible to eradicate poverty and hunger in this generation. “We can be the Zero Hunger Generation,” he said.

Drastic changes

Yet for this to happen, “drastic changes in how we produce and consume food” are required, including making agriculture and food systems more productive, more inclusive and more resilient, with lower greenhouse emissions.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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