In a world that has the food resources to feed twice the population, one has to wonder why are so many children malnourished?
This was something that thought about often as an early volunteer of Food for Life, when I was a monk in Australia back in the 80 and 90s.
And then something changed?
I heard about a United Nations World Food Programme meeting in Rome in 1996.
The theme for the large international gathering at the United Nations World Food Summit in Rome in 1996 was “Hunger in a world of plenty.” United Nations representatives and non-government organizations (NGOs) from around the world met to discuss ways to solve this global crisis, which continues to escalate and challenge the conscience and sustainability of humankind in the 21st century. The meeting’s secretary general, Dr. Kay Killingsworth, explained that the problem was not insufficient food production but inequitable distribution. “The result is that the food does not reach the needy.” (See: A change in diets may be necessary to enable developing countries to feed their people, say, scientists. Guardian UK John Vidal, Aug 23, 2004)