BY LUKE COPPEN
THE WORLD Food Summit is unlikely to help the plight of the world's hungriest people, Cafod said this week.
As politicians met for the summit in Rome, the official aid agency of the bishops of England and Wales said the world's rich nations had no appetite for tackling the problem of global hunger. Cafod policy analyst Duncan Green said developed nations had failed to fulfil their promise at the last World Food Summit in 1996 to reduce the number of hungry people from 800 to 400 million by 2015.
He said: "At this rate, the target to halve world hunger will never be reached. It is a scandal that 24,000 people die of hunger each day. Rich nations must commit them selves to providing more aid, to going further on debt relief, and to reforming the world trade rules that lock developing countries into poverty while making rich countries richer."
In a message to the World Food Summit, Pope John Paul II called upon rich countries to give more aid to the developed world.
"Today more than ever there is an urgent need in international relationships for solidarity to become the criterion underlying all forms of cooperation, with the acknowledgement that the resources which God the Creator entrusted to us are destined for all," said the message read at the opening of the four-day meeting by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state.