World leaders urged to honour commitments on hunger

An Irish Government task force is calling on world leaders to honour commitments they have made on tackling global hunger.

In a report out today, the task force identifies three areas it deems critical to tackling starvation in the third world.

These include the promotion of agricultural productivity in Africa and the prevention of infant under-nutrition.

Former Agriculture Minister Joe Walsh, the chairman of the task force, launched the report at a UN meeting in New York today.

He said the problem could be tackled if the political will existed.

Thirty-nine Irish development NGOs and aid agencies welcomed the Irish Government’s public commitment to eradicating global poverty.

At the New York summit, the Taoiseach was presented with the findings of the task force.

Commenting on the report, Hans Zomer, director of the NGO umbrella group Dóchas stated: “The report by the Hunger Task Force sends a welcome signal to all of us that we cannot eradicate global poverty without ending hunger. At a time of soaring global food prices, we are today reminded that hundreds of millions of people are suffering daily from malnutrition and starvation.

"To make poverty history, we need to end hunger; and to tackle hunger, we need to support farmers and women’s groups and build the social capital that can bring about lasting solutions to the problem of hunger."

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