Give money to hungry not banks, says UN food chief

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The Independent Online

The director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has questioned how world powers could put so much money into fighting the financial crisis and not feed the one billion hungry.

Jacques Diouf said a three-day summit in Rome "didn't go as far" as he had hoped. "If it has been possible to mobilise trillions of dollars to stimulate the global economy to combat the financial crisis, the world should be able to come up with resources to solve its hunger problem," he added.

The summit was labelled a failure at the outset when delegates from 192 nations rejected UN appeals to pledge $44bn (£26bn) annually in aid. The UN had hoped for a commitment to eradicate hunger by 2025.

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