Vatican observer urges food security for all

Every person has the right to an adequate standard of food security, says the Holy See's permanent observer to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Addressing the FAO's regional conference for Africa, held in Mali at the end of last month, Monsignor Renato Volante invited that continent's countries "to develop strategies capable to build sustainable livelihoods, environment, income growth, food security and agricultural production."

Zenit reports that he urged the nations to reflect "first of all on how people can move out of and remain outside of underdevelopment."

"In this regard," the monsignor continued, "we consider of great relevance the attainment in the region of the Millennium Development Goals in order to eradicate poverty and malnutrition, an objective which seems to manifest the essential necessity that every action in the agricultural and food sector be reinforced, and above all be rethought, in the light of the real imbalances which the situation presents.

"This is accomplished by taking into account the different experiences and customary systems or practices that come from authentic African values."

The Holy See permanent observer noted in his speech: "It seems to us that the situation of food insecurity is becoming more serious."

"This is due to the growth of systems of production that are more and more linked to the land tenure and policy, large-scale methods, and environmental degradation, which for agriculture concerns," include among other things, "the land degradation and the water scarcity," he said.

"Food Security" Urged for Every Person (Zenit 13/2/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)

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Holy See: Joint Efforts Shouldn't Attack Human Life (Zenit 13/2/06)
Holy See Address to Food and Agriculture Conference in Mali (Zenit 13/2/06)
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Redouble efforts to eradicate world poverty (Vatican Information Service 10/2/06)
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For the love of justice (The Tablet 11/2/06)
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Holy See Address on Social Development (Zenit 10/2/06)

16 Feb 2006