Pope Francis condemned speculation in food commodities and greed for profits on Thursday, saying they were undermining the global fight against poverty and hunger.
Addressing a United Nations conference on nutrition, he called on rich nations to share their wealth and denounced waste, excessive consumption and unequal distribution of food.
International organizations and 170 governments committed to battling poor nutrition on Nov. 19, saying that while hunger had dropped, half the world’s population was in some way affected by nutritional problems.
WASHINGTON — Healthy eating advocates and anti-hunger groups are mounting vigorous campaigns to maintain food stamp benefits and programs to increase access to fruits and vegetables and other nutritious foods in the farm bill, but they differ on whether quality of foods or benefit levels should be the highest priority.
OMAHA, Neb. — Philanthropist Howard Buffett will be talking to a room full of people who believe in the power of hybrid seeds and fertilizer Wednesday when he releases his new report on fighting hunger in Africa at the World Food Prize symposium.
ROME — The number of chronically hungry people in the world dipped considerably below the 1 billion mark — the first drop in 15 years — thanks partly to a fall in food prices after spikes that sparked rioting a few years ago, U.N. agencies said Tuesday.
MANILA, Philippines — Asia and the Pacific, home to two-thirds of the world’s one billion hungry people, need increased investment in agriculture of $120 billion a year for the next 40 years to contain hunger and future spikes in food prices, United Nations and Asian Development Bank officials said Wednesday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Beginning with the 1972 crop, increasing exports began to create the expectation of an era of export-led prosperity for U.S. farmers. U.S. farmers began to think that they had a responsibility to increase production and exports so the hungry of the world could be fed.
HARARE, Zimbabwe — A U.N. agency says Zimbabwe will need humanitarian aid this year after crop failures caused a grain shortfall of about half a million metric tons.
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