Nov 12, 2009
Indigenous people from all over the world gathered at the People's Food Sovereignty Forum, where they discussed the current dire state of world hunger and what to do about it.
The People's Food Sovereignty Forum held alongside the FAO Council World Summit on food security, addressed the hunger crisis affecting over one billion people and nearly one sixth of the world's population.
Participants talked about the current state of crisis in the agro-food system worldwide and the need refocus attention on the billion and a half men and women who produce the food we all eat.
The summit discussed the following key challenges:
- The eradication of hunger from the earth
- The implementation of a more coherent and effective system of governance of food security at both national and international levels
- Ensuring that farmers in both developed and developing countries can earn a sufficient income
- The mobilisation of substantial additional public and private sector investments in agriculture and rural infrastructure and ensuring farmers’ access to modern technologies to boost food production and productivity
- Reaching agreement on the most effective mechanisms to tackle food crises
- Ensuring that countries are prepared to adapt to climate change and mitigate negative effects
The People's Food Sovereignty Forum took place on November 13th - 17th in Rome, and about 600 people attended.