WFP promotes ‘zero hunger’ agenda at Seoul forum

WFP promotes ‘zero hunger’ agenda at Seoul forum


More than 800 million people go to bed hungry
every night, despite there being enough food in the world to feed all of them. Many of the world’s hungry used to live right
here in South Korea, but that hasn’t been the case for decades now. On Wednesday, the World Food Programme held
an event in Seoul to call on the world to act to end hunger. Won Jung-hwan reports. Right now, one in every nine people in the
world is going hungry — that’s more than the populations of the U.S., Canada, and the
European Union combined. But the reality is there is enough food in
the world to feed every man, woman and child. To discuss ways to tackle this issue and to
raise awareness that ending hunger is a task for everyone, the World Food Programme held
an event Wednesday at the Seoul Museum of History under the theme of “Moving Forward
with Zero Hunger.” (ENGLISH) “With the World Food Programme family, the
United Nations and the people of this great nation. Let’s partner together to end world hunger,
and it starts right here today”. The WFP’s executive director, David Beasley
highlighted the history of Korea’s involvement in the WFP, which began in 1964. The WFP operated a food program in Korea for
20 years, from 1964 to 1984, providing food assistance worth around 100 million U.S. dollars
through more than 20 projects. But since 1984, not only has Korea ended its
dependence on the organization, since 2000, it’s been a significant donor, maintaining
a strong partnership with the WFP in more than 30 countries. (STANDUP) “As country that has rapidly transitioned
from a recipient of international aid to a generous donor that helps others in need,
the world can learn a lot from Korea’s experience over the past several decades.” According to the WFP, Korea has so far contributed
over 26 million U.S. dollars just this year. But the organization wants Korea to do more
and inspire other countries as an explemplary case, and give back to the world what the
world gave to it. (ENGLISH) “I am challenging, as a Korean, the Korean
government and people… to do much more. It is important that Korea should live more
prosperously, but just think about behind this territory.. there are so many people,
still 1.2 million people, going to bed at night with a hungry stomach.” Earlier this month, the WFP welcomed a contribution
of 1.5 million U.S. dollars from Korea that will provide two months of food assistance
for some 30-thousand vulnerable Syrian refugees in Iraq. These contributions will help give these people
food security and better nutrition, promote sustainable agriculture, but most importantly,
give them hope that they can overcome hunger as Korea did decades ago. Won Jung-hwan, Arirang News.