World Summit on Food Security was held in Rome from November 16 to 18, 2009. The Summit has highlighted that people suffering from hunger and poverty now exceed 1 billion, and to feed a world population of 9 billion (expected) in 2050, agricultural output will have to increase by 70%.
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- Hosted at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy.
- One of the Strategic Objectives set during the Summit is to reduce the proportion and the number of people who suffer from hunger and malnutrition by half by 2015.
- The Summit Declaration has further set the Five Rome Principles for Sustainable Global Food Security.
- Invest in country-owned plans aimed at channeling resources to well-designed and results-based programmes and partnerships.
- Foster strategic coordination at national, regional and global levels to improve governance, promote better allocation of resources, avoid duplication of efforts and identify response gaps.
- Strive for a comprehensive twin-track approach to food security that consists of 1) direct action to immediately tackle hunger for the most vulnerable, and 2) medium- and long-term sustainable agricultural, food security, nutrition and rural development programmes to eliminate the root causes of hunger and poverty, including through the progressive realization of the right to adequate food.
- Ensure a strong role for the multilateral system by sustained improvements in efficiency, responsiveness, coordination and effectiveness of multilateral institutions.
- Ensure sustained and substantial commitment by all partners to investment in agriculture and food security and nutrition, with provision of necessary resources in a timely and reliable fashion, aimed at multi-year plans and programmes.
- Attended by over 4,700 delegates from 180 countries, including 60 Heads of State and Government as well as representatives of governments, UN agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, and the media.
Read the full Final Declaration of the World Summit on Food Security 2009 as pdf.
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