|President Martelly of Haiti discusses his development priorities|
Over 100 heads of state attended and Presidents from some core FTF countries played an important role. President Martelly of Haiti held a press conference with Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the World Food Program, and others to announce an expansion of school feeding programs in Haiti. Particular mention was made of providing support to Haitian farmers to improve their market access. "This kind of program is among those that Haiti needs to achieve sustainable development and of long-term, in order to achieve our objective of eradicating hunger by 2025," declared the President Martelly. "We particularly appreciate the efforts of WFP, which helps us to make of this objective a reality."
|President Ramotar of Guyana with |
FTF Program Director Carlson
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon focused on agriculture and hunger with his launch of a ‘Zero Hunger Challenge’ initiative at a Rio+20 side event.This initiative has five goals: (1) 100% access to adequate food all year round, (2) zero stunted children less than 2 years, (3) all food systems are sustainable, (4) 100% increase in smallholder productivity and income, and (4) zero loss or waste of food. How this will be accomplished it yet to be seen but the focus on eradicating hunger is important. “In a world of plenty no one, not a single person, should go hungry”, Ban Ki-moon said. “I want to see an end to hunger everywhere, within my lifetime.”