With the recent increase in the number of hungry people globally, urgent
actions are needed to overturn this condition, according to Jose Graziano da
Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the
United Nations (FAO). He mentioned this during a meeting with the FAO
Council on December 4, 2017 in Rome, Italy.
He stressed that the latest hunger figure of 815 million people is the first
increase after over ten years of steady decrease. Furthermore, obesity and
overweight statistics are also growing, in developed and developing
countries, which is another area of concern in the current food systems.
"The most important thing to do now is to build the resilience of poor
people to face the impacts of conflicts and climate change," making sure
that humanitarian assistance is combined with development actions to chart a
course towards the eradication of hunger by 2030, he said.
"This basically means new investments - I would say much more investments -
from the public but also the private sector," Graziano da Silva said.