In a few days, Rome will host the World Summit on Food Security (16-18 November). It will be an important meeting against world hunger, but can it help? Unfortunately, I think NO. Why am I so pessimistic? Because, in my opinion, governments have no real interest in resolving this issue, which involves 1 in 6 people worldwide.
The Director General of FAO, Jacques Diouf, is seeking 44 billion dollars a year to eradicate hunger. Well, do you know how much is spent annually to buy weapons? 1.464 billion dollars! The fight seems lost at the start!
In parallel to the FAO Summit, Rome will also host a Forum of Civil Society (13-17 November at 'La Città dell'altra Economia'). Involving women, youth, indigenous peoples, farmers, fishermen, small farmers, and representatives of nongovernmental organizations all demanding a different model of development.
Friday evening (November 13), from 7:00 pm in Piazza del Campidoglio, a delegation of leaders of indigenous peoples from around the world will open the Forum with song and dance rituals to seek the blessing of Mother Earth for all people worldwide. Do not miss!
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