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close this bookOvercoming Global Hunger (WB)
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That a sixth of humanity goes hungry in a world where food is plentiful is an abiding disgrace That hunger persists despite the many conferences and initiatives organized to overcome it is a profound challenge to the development community.

The Conference on Overcoming Global Hunger was inspired by the example of Tony Hall, who by fasting made us acutely aware of the need for renewed and more effective action The consensus that emerged among the participants focused on the need for a more collaborative effort on the part of the international community. With that came the recognition that the key to reaching the poorest of the poor was to assist them directly to raise their earring capacity through participatory community based programs. Only by involving poor people directly in the design and management of programs can we achieve sustainable improvements in welfare.

Our challenge now is to ensure that this conference does not become an isolated event" Beyond a continuing dialogue, the need now is to agree on specific actions that would benefit the poorest of the poor.

Most often the poorest groups are women The conference once again underlined their crucial role. The empowerment of women is at the core of any sustained action to deal with poverty and hunger.

There is widespread agreement that hunger must be tackled with a broad-based poverty reduction strategy, for it is extreme poverty that is the main cause of hunger, and not insufficient food productions Eradicating hunger and malnutrition is an attainable goal, but it depends on all of us working together for this common purpose.

Eradicating hunger is an objective to which all decent human beings must be devoted. In the last century, some people looked at slavery and said that it was unconscionable and unacceptable. They said it degraded the free as will as the slave, and hat it must be abolished. They were known as abolitionist. In this day and age, I say that hunger is unconscionable and unacceptable. We must become the new abolitionist. We must not fail.

Ismail Serageldin
Vice President,
Environmentally Sustainable Development, and Chairman
International Conference on Overcoming Global Hunger.