Monday, January 03, 2011

Brazil Raises Bar in Fight Against Global Hunger

Last week, the World Food Programme (WFP) received its largest ever donation from Brazil. Brazil has promised an in-kind donation of nearly half a million metric tons of food commodities to feed people affected by emergency situations, mainly in Africa and Latin America.

President Lula of Brazil also implemented a national program called Brazil’s “Zero Hunger” program. According to the WFP’s Executive Director, the “Zero Hunger” program has boosted food security and nutrition among poor communities, thereby significantly improving poor Brazilians' living conditions.

Brazil’s contribution to the WFP combined with its efforts at home solidifies its status as being at the forefront of the fight against global hunger. Other countries, including the U.S., should follow Brazil’s lead to put an end to world hunger.

-Clare O.