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Lack of progress fighting hunger is shameful, pope says

At a time of technological and scientific progress, “we ought to feel shame” for not having advanced in “humanity and solidarity” enough to feed the world’s poor, Pope Francis said.

“Neither can we console ourselves simply for having faced emergencies and desperate situations of those most in need. We are all called to go further. We can and we must do better for the helpless,” the pope said in a message to world leaders attending a meeting of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.

The World Food Day ceremony on 16th October marks the date the organisation was founded in 1945 to address the causes of world hunger.

The theme for 2018 is ‘Our actions are our future: A zero hunger world by 2030 is possible’. The 2030 agenda seeks to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

Local programs are just as important as global commitments to ending hunger, Pope Francis said in his message.

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Picture: A child eats corn outside a makeshift shelter in 2015 in the Kashmir region of India. World Food Day is celebrated on 16th October to mark the date in 1945 the UN Food and Agriculture Organization was founded. (CNS photo/Farooq Khan, EPA).