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Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus calls for a new approach to address hunger and conflict

22.05.2019 17:11 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) As of yesterday, at FAO Rome headquarters, a meeting was held to highlight the progress made by the FAO-Nobel Peace Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace, FAO reports. It is to be admitted, the FAO Nobel Alliance, established as of May 2016, is an advocacy group of Nobel Peace Laureates focused on breaking the cycle between conflict and hunger. As to the report, while speaking within the meeting, Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus called for a complete change within the ways to address the often-related issues of hunger and conflict worldwide. «If you continue the same way as you have done before, youll always end up with the same result…particularly on the issues of food security, agriculture, and the environment. Unless we think differently, unless we work differently, (these issues) are not going to be resolved,» he said. In meanwhile, as to the FAO, hunger and conflict are now intrinsically linked worldwide. As of now, over 60% of people suffering from hunger live within the conflict areas. At the same time, there is a growing number of conflicts over natural resources to produce food. «There can be no food security without peace, and no lasting peace without food security. Whenever conflict looms large, or hunger threatens peace, we need to sustain rural vulnerable communities. To save lives, we also have to save their livelihoods,» FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told at the meeting.

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