I’m here from the HungerFREE team in Rome for the World Summit on Food Security, where leaders are discussing the current food crisis. Over 150,000 people have taken action to call for an end to the crisis and last night to make our voices heard we lit up the Coliseum!
This only ever happens at significant global moments – with 1 billion people now hungry and the summit getting underway, last night was a significant global moment. Our candlelit vigil drew the newspaper photographers and TV crews, making our point hard for world leaders to ignore.
For the past two days we’ve been at the ‘People’s Food Sovereignty Now!’ forum with over 800 farmers and civil society representatives from across the world. We have the opportunity to put the voice of farmers and those who are actually experiencing hunger into the official summit discussions, so debates have been hot and lively.
The summit kicked off this morning. We’ve heard that leaders from up to 60 countries around the world are coming. However, disappointingly Berlusconi from Italy is the only G8 (Group of 8 rich countries) leader to confirm attendance. What does that say about their commitment to ending hunger?
Watch this space for news of the summit over the next couple of days!