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Invest in food security; end hunger

Invest in food security; end hunger

On Monday Pope Francis issued a lengthy appeal to address the problem of world hunger not only through talk, but concrete action by going to the root of the problem and introducing a new global mentality aimed at love rather than profit.

He made the call at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, where he marked World Food Day, which this year has as its theme, "Change the future of migration".

"It is clear that wars and climatic change are a cause of hunger, so let's not present it as if hunger is an incurable disease".

He spoke about the development of the Global Pact for Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration - the first agreement of its kind being negotiated by governments under the auspices of the UN.

"Managing human mobility requires a coordinated, systematic intergovernmental action in line with existing worldwide norms, and full of love and intelligence", the Pope said, adding that ensuring food security for all also requires ending conflicts.

Without specifying which nations, the pope said, unfortunately "some are backing away" from the agreement.

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This was believed to be a clear reference to the United States, which pulled out of the agreement June 1 as President Donald Trump announced the USA would pursue other means of addressing the environmental issue more favorable to American interests.

Noting that there is a holistic strategy adopted in transforming agriculture in the state, he said, "We have just received the Technical Report on the Development of the Gelegele Sea Port, a project that is very dear to my heart, and will on completion, serve as the gateway to the global market for agricultural produce and other economic goods produced in the state and the southern region".

Francis also highlighted the relationship between hunger and forced migration, saying the problem can only be solved " if we go to the root of the problem", rather that coming up with superficial solutions.

Madagascar President Hery Martial Rakotoarimanana Rajaonarimampianina, whose country is facing the impacts of climate change, also spoke at the event. He added that with the 2017 celebration themed, "Challenges and opportunities in climate-resilient agriculture for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls", it was pertinent to applaud the role of women in driving sustainable agriculture, as they make up 75 percent of Nigerian farming population, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

"It is a cooperation that I think will continue to grow and strengthen as migration continues to be a megatrend in the world, which will become only greater with the worsening effects of climate change", Swing said.