Last week I told you that Jennifer Clapp, CIGI Chair at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation, and co-editor, with Marc Cohen, of The Global Food Crisis: Governance Challenges and Opportunities, had travelled to Rome to attend the World Food Summit on Food Security. I have exerpted some of her commentary below and you can read the whole post here on the CIGI website.
“The World Summit on Food Security (WSFS), held at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome in November of this year, did not deliver much in terms of the way forward for reducing world hunger. But then again, it didn’t promise much in advance, either.
Many delegates did not look forward to attending the two-and-a-half day summit, as they knew it would be mainly an opportunity for governments to read lofty statements. Indeed, the Declaration of the World Summit on Food Security, which articulated vague aspirations void of meaningful hunger reduction targets or financial commitments, was adopted immediately on the first day of deliberations. Although it was recognized that global governance of food security was in need of repair, not much was offered up to fix it.
In short, it was not a summit where debate and exchange led to new understandings and outcomes.
That the WSFS has so little to show for itself is unfortunate, as the number of undernourished people has only climbed over the past year, reaching more than 1 billion, as the world grapples with the worst global economic crisis in more than 70 years.” more…
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