Message of Pope Benedict XVI on World Food Day

Pope Benedict XVI today continued his annual tradition of issuing a message to the head of the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization for the Oct. 16 commemoration of World Food Day. In this year’s message, he calls on the international community to redouble its efforts to invest in agriculture as a means of fighting global hunger.

“The theme of this year’s World Food Day, United against Hunger, is a timely reminder that everyone needs to make a commitment to give the agricultural sector its proper importance,” the Holy Father writes. “Everyone – from individuals to the organizations of civil society, States and international institutions – needs to give priority to one of the most urgent goals for the human family: freedom from hunger. In order to achieve freedom from hunger it is necessary to ensure not only that enough food is available, but also that everyone has daily access to it: this means promoting whatever resources and infrastructures are necessary in order to sustain production and distribution on a scale sufficient to guarantee fully the right to food.”

You can read the message in its entirety here.

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