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BRAZIL: SHOWING THE WORLD HOW TO END HUNGER – Andrew MacMillan

Posted on 01 December 2009 by admin

NOVEMBER 2009 (IPS) – It is scandalous that in a world of ample food supplies, over one billion people face constant hunger -and the number is still rising. What makes matters worse is that we know how to end hunger, and yet few governments are doing so, writes Andrew MacMillan, a rural economist and former Director of the Field Operations Divison of FAO.

Brazil’s Zero Hunger programme shows that it is possible to make very rapid progress towards eliminating hunger and malnutrition.

Zero Hunger demonstrates the vital role that direct action against hunger can play in reducing poverty and increasing the resilience of the poor to shocks. This has been very evident during the current economic crisis. Zero Hunger has enabled almost all Brazilians to enjoy a guaranteed income and access to essential food. It has also helped to sustain domestic consumption levels, which is one of the reasons why Brazil was able to overcome the crisis more quickly than many other countries.

(*) Andrew MacMillan, rural economist and former Director of the Field Operations Divison of FAO.

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