Pope to FAO: We are all responsible for the tragedy of hunger

Addressing Qu Dongyu, the Director-General of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Pope Francis noted that “For humanity, hunger is not only a tragedy but it is also shameful.”

Pope Francis went on to note that the current crisis shows us that we need concrete policies and actions to eradicate hunger in the world.

At times, he said, “dialectical or ideological debates distance us from achieving this goal and we allow our brothers and sisters to continue to die from lack of food.”

> “A courageous decision would be to set up a “Global Fund” with the money used in arms and other military expenditures in order to definitively eliminate hunger and contribute to the development of the poorest countries. This would avoid many wars and the emigration of many of our brothers and sisters and their families who are forced to leave their homes and countries in search of a more dignified life (cf. Fratelli tutti, n. 189 and 262).”

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Hunger / starvation is a true tragedy… and it’s absolutely true that there’s more than enough food in the world to feed everyone. That’s absolutely disgusting. I personally give to various charitable causes that I believe help those suffering from hunger… but I don’t know what we can collectively do to eradicate it.


One action (among many) is to realize that some leaders or governments are not moral and use food as a weapon of control.

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Everyone needs to donate to their local foodbanks, or help to start one if there isn’t one locally; and then, those foodbanks need to be advertised in the community so that folks know about them.

I think that would be a great start, myself.

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