For the UN who created it, for the FAO and many other highly active organizations, as well as for the general public and policy makers.
Not so long ago, we drew your attention to the seminars of Ismail Serageldin, member of the Fondation Chirac’s Honor Committee and Professor of the Collège de France’s chair, “Knowledge Against Poverty”. His assessment is final, we must all become “modern day abolitionists”, we must eradicate the chronic hunger that affects 1 billion people worldwide and hampers development prospects of the least developed countries.
How can children grow? How can their immune system become sufficiently effective when nutritional deficiencies accumulate? How can they go to school and learn properly on an empty stomach?
These questions of course are more than ever present. They are tied to issues of women working in agriculture; 43% work in the fields and certain MDGs state that they are the key players for sustainable development.
These questions are also related to problems of forest management, of land erosion due to badly or over farmed fields. How can we feed the starving without destroying the balance of forests. These questions are related very simply to a responsible, rational, and humane agricultural policy; these questions are the central issue of the upcoming Agricultural G20.
To become “modern day abolitionists”, in the words of Ismail Serageldin, also means ensuring land rights are respected in the most fragile countries. It means struggling so that water, the environment, health, and peace are at the core of citizens’ concerns. Tasks that the Fondation Chirac works on day after day.
We need to fight within our borders, but also beyond for in today’s globalized world, our future is shared with all of humanity.
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