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Experts call on Biden to fight world hunger

Twenty-four World Food Prize winners asked US President Joe Biden on Tuesday to make fighting world hunger, poverty and malnutrition one of his top priorities. Scientists, economists and other experts signed the letter released Tuesday by the World Food Prize Foundation, stating that US involvement in the initiative is critical.

“The American leadership will be a beacon that will illuminate the way and a catalyst for actions so that by 2030 we will have a world in which everyone lives within the planetary resources, in which everyone is well fed and no one goes to bed at night hungry,” he said. Lawrence Haddad, 2018 World Food Prize winner and CEO of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.

He added that the global food distribution system must improve because it has contributed to an increase in hunger and has been very slow in combating child malnutrition. He emphasized that obesity is on the rise, biodiversity is being misused and community solidarity is on the decline. He indicated that everyone must think and act differently to have a lasting impact.

The awardees called on Biden to take immediate action at the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit and other initiatives and re-establish American leadership in the fight against world hunger. They called for the United States to return to science-based policies and encourage investment to end world hunger, expanding the food initiatives of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“US leadership in improving the world’s food systems will inspire and encourage others to join forces to end hunger, combat climate change, create jobs, and promote responsible environmental policies,” the letter says.

The World Food Prize was created in 1986 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug to recognize the work of leaders who have contributed to improving access to food. The award carries a monetary award of $ 250,000 – from companies, foundations and individuals – and is presented annually by the World Food Prize Foundation, based in Des Moines, Iowa.

The foundation supports the letter, said its president, Barbara Stinson.

Akinwumi Adesina, winner of the World Food Prize in 2017, compared the fight against hunger to the current global vaccination campaign against coronavirus.

“For millions of poor people around the world, the risk of starvation is greater than the risk of dying from COVID-19. Without food, medicines don’t work. Food and nutrition are vaccines against hunger. We must vaccinate the world against hunger, ”said Adesina, president of the African Development Bank.