Photo: WFP/Giulio D'Adamo

Inspired by the Brazilian experience in past decade, the fight against hunger in Africa and other developing countries indicate that relation South-South is bearing fruits.

In his first visit to the United Nation's World Food Programme on June 13, Pope Francis praised the work of those involved and urged them to continue their battle to reach Zero Hunger by 2030.

He said that part of the struggle is the fight to 'denaturalize' poverty and 'debureaucratize' hunger.

“We cannot “naturalize” the fact that so many people are starving. We cannot simply say that their situation is the result of blind fate and that nothing can be done about it,” said in an improvised speech in Italian. “Here I believe that we have much to do. In addition to everything already being done, we need to work at “denaturalizing” and “debureaucratizing” the poverty and hunger of our brothers and sisters. This requires us to intervene on different scales and levels, focusing on real people who are suffering and starving, while drawing upon an abundance of enthusiasm and potential that we need to help exploit”.

Earlier in June, the WFP had published a report to highlight experiences and practices in the fight against hunger in developing nations within the Zero Hunger Challenge, which aims to eliminate hunger in the world by 2030.

Within the context of the report, it highlighted the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger is one of the experiences. The Centre is a partnership between WFP and Brazil in 2011 because of the Brazilian experience under Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva two presidential terms (2002-2010), which is available to other developing countries through South-South and triangular cooperation.

Since its creation, the centre has given support and technical assistance to 37 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Click here to read Pope Francis' speech at the WFP.

Click here to download the full report.

Click here to read the original text published on the WFP Internet page.  

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