Episcopal Church asks for US action on food insecurity

By agency reporter
June 26, 2011

In the wake of agriculture ministers from the Group of 20 (G20) nations meeting in Paris, France, last week - to discuss how to combat food shortage and soaring prices, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has written to US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, urging "consideration of the needs of people in developing countries most affected by food insecurity."

Episcopal News Service (ENS) reported that Dr Jefferts Schori, noting that most of the Anglican Communion's 80 million members live in developing countries, said: "The focus on food at this year's G20 represents an important recognition by the world's leaders that rising food prices present a potential crisis for areas of the world most affected by hunger and malnutrition, especially Africa and South and Southeast Asia."

Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank, said on 21 June 2011 that volatile food prices are "the single gravest threat" that developing nations are facing.


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