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World Food Summit
The World Food Summit is under way this week (May 10-13) in the Italian capital with the aim of reinforcing they key commitment made by the world's governments: by the year 2015, the number of people suffering hunger will be reduced by half.

This global summit, which was originally scheduled for November 2001, bears the subtitle "five years after", in reference to the promises made in 1996, when 185 countries signed the Rome Declaration and a Plan of Action.

At that first World Food Summit, it was proposed that the global community must act to alleviate the hunger experienced by more than 815 million people, and that by 2015 the number of people in that situation would be reduced to no more than 400 million.

Five years later there is great concern that the goal will not be met. The number of hungry people is falling only very slowly. This year's Summit does not seek to reformulate the objectives that were established, but rather to produce tools to be able to achieve the goal. Of course, this requires the political will of all countries around the world.

The Summit is organized by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), based in Rome, and which recently presented the report titled "World Anti-Hunger Program", in which it states that investments of 24 billion dollars annually will be necessary to reduce the number of hungry people by half in time for the 2015 deadline.

At a preparatory meeting for the World Food Summit of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, the region's representatives endorsed the idea of creating an international coalition to combat hunger

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