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Pope decries 'scandal' of hunger in world of abundant food

Francis bemoans international community's 'unkept promises'

Pope decries 'scandal' of hunger in world of abundant food

Vatican City, June 20 - Pope Francis on Thursday said it was scandalous that around 870 million people suffer hunger when the world produces more than enough food to feed everyone. The Argentine pontiff also chided the international community to failing to live up to its promises in the battle against undernourishment. "It is widely known that the current level of food production is sufficient and yet there are millions of people who suffer hunger," Francis told a delegation of officials taking part in the 38th Conference of the Rome-based United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). "So it is necessary to find ways to make it possible for everyone to benefit from the fruits of the earth, not just to prevent the gap widening between those who have and those who have to make to with crumbs, but also, above all, to meet a demand for justice and equality and respect for every human being". Francis added that "more can and must done to invigorate international efforts for the poor", bemoaning "promises that have often never been kept". He also blamed traders in food communities for exacerbating the hunger situation with "financial speculation" that conditioned food prices and led to people being treated as "goods".

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