Food Summit Draws Cash ... and Controversy

​​“In world of wealth, 9 million people die every year from hunger,” WFP Chief David Beasley told world leaders gathered virtually yesterday for the UN General Assembly’s Food System Summit.
Globally, the AP reports:

  • More than 2 billion people don’t have enough to eat
  • 2 billion are overweight or obese
  • Nearly a third of the food produced goes to waste

The Summit took up multiple topics ranging from climate change’s impact, to school meals and wages. It also took in big donations, including a $900 million pledge from the Gates Foundation, and a $10 billion commitment over 5 years from the US (divided evenly between domestic and overseas needs).
Pro-corporate elitism? A group of 500+ academics and advocates for food sustainability, small farms, Indigenous people slammed the summit for cozying up to corporations and ignoring “gross power imbalances.”

  • “The summit’s organizers have ignored people’s daily struggles. And who’s benefited from this agenda? Corporations,” said Michael Fakhri, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on the right to food, in a video he tweeted Wednesday.
  • UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s countered that corporations “have to be part of the solution, given that they’ve been part of a large part of the problem in many countries.”

Up to 41 million people across 43 countries at imminent risk of famine without urgent funding and access – Joint statement of the Global Food Security, Health, Nutrition, and WASH Clusters via ReliefWeb
Antonio Guterres: Food’s a human right, not just ‘a commodity to be traded – UN News (commentary)
Fed to Fail: Young children’s diets show no improvement in last decade, ‘could get much worse’ under COVID-19 – UNICEF

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