To learn more about the urgency to fight global hunger, please watch this video narrated by Matt Damon.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
October 16, 2009
On World Food Day, we join with others to reaffirm our
commitment to work to combat one of today’s most critical
issues—global hunger. More than one billion people
– one sixth of the world’s population—suffer
from chronic hunger. This year there are an estimated 105
million more people who are chronically hungry than last
year. The world has taken notice. Now we must take action.
Fighting hunger and poverty through sustainable agricultural
development—making sure that enough food is available
and that people have the resources to purchase it—is
a key foreign policy objective of the Obama Administration.
Food security is about economic, environmental, and national
security for our individual homelands and the entire world.
In the coming years we have a unique opportunity to work
with partners around the world to eradicate hunger. Major
industrialized nations have committed more than $22 billion
over three years to spur agriculture-led economic growth.
Our investment in agriculture will complement our commitment
to humanitarian aid, which plays a vital role in feeding
some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
We understand that efforts to bolster food security will
not be a short-term plan, and we are committed to working
with our partners across sectors on this issue for the long
haul. We also know that, to have the biggest impact, we
must work together, and we are committed to doing so. We
hope that, in coming years, when we pause to celebrate World
Food Day, the global community will be able to look back
with pride at all we have accomplished.
For more information, please visit the Department of State’s
Hunger and Food Security website.