A new vision for agriculture
momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
A look at the news

Hunger is not a fatality

16 November 2009



At a time when there are an increasing number of international conferences, summits and multilateral forums on hunger in the world, it is important, now more than ever, to not consider hunger as a “structural fatality”, as Pope Benedict XVI highlighted during the last World Food Summit held between November 16-18.

Given the successive failures of international meetings to find real solutions to the problem – and the recent World Food Summit has once again proven this1 – it does not seem as if hunger has mobilized the interest of the international community. So much so that as Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva deplored, “many seem to have lost the ability to become angry.” And yet, the figures indicate they should: Today, 1 person in 6 suffers from hunger worldwide. 17,000 children die of hunger or related diseases everyday, that is one child every 6 seconds2.

This reality is even more difficult to accept because many experts believe that the world can produce sufficient quantities of food. Once again, this year, estimates published by the FAO and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) highlight an overabundant harvest of all types of cereals (2 234 million tons) compared to the global demand for grains (2 189 million tons). But what is demand? Is it only solvent demand?

1 See momagri’s Tribune “Le Sommet mondial sur la sécurité alimentaire à Rome : Les raisons d’un espoir et les motifs de l’échec”, to be published.
2 Quoted by the FAO

Page Header
Paris, 24 April 2019