Paul Lachine

El imperativo de la lucha contra el hambre

BRUSELAS - Son muchas las Cumbres previstas para este año, pero la Cumbre Mundial sobre Seguridad Alimentaria merece una especial atención. Esta reunión, que se celebrará en Roma del 16 al 18 de noviembre, dará un impulso político imprescindible a tres cuestiones vinculadas entre sí que se incluyen entre los principales retos de este siglo: la seguridad alimentaria, la biodiversidad y el cambio climático.

Estamos fracasando colectivamente en la lucha contra el hambre en el mundo. Actualmente, más de mil millones de personas en el mundo carecen de comida suficiente para cubrir sus necesidades alimenticias básicas diarias, y la situación en los países en desarrollo empeora cada día.

Esto supone, ante todo, un escándalo intolerable. ¿Cómo es posible que en pleno siglo XXI, tras conseguir que el hombre pise la Luna, todavía no hayamos sido capaces de alimentar a todos los habitantes de nuestro planeta? Los responsables políticos deben reconocer, por otra parte, que la inseguridad alimentaria guarda relación con los persistentes efectos de la crisis económica y el actual cambio climático, y que representa una importante amenaza para nuestra sociedad en su conjunto.

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