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Solving scandal of worldwide hunger should be priority

UNITED NATIONS (CNS): “Hunger is one of the world’s most solvable problems,” Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt, the permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations (UN), said.

He pointed out that “per capita food production has steadily risen and total world food production now exceeds what is needed to give every person sufficient food and nutrition.” 

He told a General Assembly meeting on Sustainable Development Goals on May 23 that it is “a shame that so many of the poor people in the world continue to find themselves helpless victims of chronic hunger”  and that finding a solution to the ongoing scandal of worldwide hunger should be a top priority. 

He urged the UN to find sustainable models of food security and nutrition to end hunger for nearly one billion people worldwide, particularly when the international community can “produce sufficient food for every human being.” 

He also described world hunger and malnutrition as “all the more egregious when we grasp the reality that malnutrition remains the world’s biggest health risk—claiming more victims each year than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.” 

The archbishop called the lack of access to adequate food and nutrition “a moral and humanitarian crisis exacerbated by man-made policies and practices” such as failing to provide access to markets for producers in developing countries, diverting food resources from consumption to energy production, waste of food resources and armed conflicts. 

“In face of the world’s hungry, the grotesque spectacle of foodstuffs being forcibly destroyed in order to preserve higher market prices for producers, primarily in developed countries, constitutes a reprehensible practice which prioritises economic profit over the needs of those starving,” Archbishop Chullikatt said. 

He said ending hunger, which can be addressed today, is not the same as providing better health care, which often depends on “looking toward technologies or cures yet to come or not currently available.” 

 

He explained that the problem is not a lack of food production, but the shortage of social resources......

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