Dohag, Qatar, November 18, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Dr. Naseer Homoud Goodwill Ambassador and Director of Middle East office for the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina against Malnutrition (IIMSAM), the Permanent Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council while sending cables on congratulations to the United Nations and FAO for organizing the World Summit On Food Security scheduled to held from November 16- 18, 2009 in Rome asserted “ world community is building high hopes on this proposed summit which is organized to draw immediate attention of governments and related organizations on alarming rates of hunger amid shortage of food supplies for our fellow human beings. As we all are aware that food security is multifaceted in character and therefore necessitates concerted action by stakeholders at all levels”.
With the world sticking their eyes on global financial turmoil another aspect of this is being continuously overlooked and that remain hunger- which is killing a child every six second and affecting millions. To this context Dr. Naseer said “at a time when the world’s attention is driven by the financial crisis and governments are keen to overcome from this menace, it is urgently needed to focus today on the global hunger crisis, which is a daily crunch for families across the globe.“The current issues of food security demonstrate that agriculture needs more attention on the development agenda. For too long, the world has forgotten that if we equip farmers in the developing world with the inputs and knowledge they need, they can grow more," said Dr. Naseer.
“World Summit on Food Security is an important time to refocus the discussion of food security on the engine that drives that production - the farmer." He further added.
The key challenges which would be addressed in the proposed summit are of grave importance. The agenda of the summit as underlined by FAO needs to be addressed with due diligence and governments must come forward to renew their pledge for fighting hunger. “Eradicating hunger from the world is the utmost challenge and to cope with it we need to ensure sufficient food production and governments must start brainstorming on how to feed the world by 2050” Dr. Naseer added. The Summit has three interlinked aims namely reverse the downward trend of investments in agriculture by returning them to the 17% of Official Development Assistance (ODA) achieved in 1980; to insure this investment works to remove hunger which is now considered to be a daily experience for more than one billion people and to ensure double food production for a world population set to reach nine billion in 2050.
Reaffirming his faith of UN strategy in fighting hunger related issues Dr. Naseer said “we need that political will and delivery on financial commitments by governments as agreed in several conferences and submits while brainstorming on how to feed the world by 2050”. He further goes on saying “there is hope in every crisis, and I am firm that the proposed summit would come out with a definite plan and strategy to deal with the situation.”
The agenda of the summit is underlining its call for a more effective and logical form of governance of the food security which should be done at all levels including national and international as well. Dr. Naseer urged the governments and delegates who are set to attend the proposed summit to make sure that under developed and developing countries are being provided with fair chance to compete in commodity market and to trace that agricultural policies are combined to sustainable development.
Dr. Naseer further said “the present catastrophic situation is the directly attributed to completely neglecting agriculture in developmental polices both at national and international levels. Due to our wrong policies in past the most important and fundamental right of all people to have food is now stake and it is need of the hour to address the situation and I am hopeful that proposed summit would come up with an unified and planned strategy to tackle the menace which is compounding day by day- causing severe threat to existence of humanity.”