BENEDICT XVI: MEETING WITH FAO DIRECTOR, “REMOVING OBSTACLES, COMBATING HUNGER”
“Despite the fact that there are sufficient resources to satisfy the food requirements of the entire planet, persistent economic, social and political obstacles hinder the possibility of meeting those requirements”: the Holy See Press Office revealed this in a statement released today summarising today’s meeting between Benedict XVI and José Graziano da Silva, director general of the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). “During the cordial discussions – the statement reads - great appreciation was expressed for the commitment shown by the Holy See and the Catholic Church to combating hunger and poverty, especially in Africa, and to remedying the worrying situation of world food security”. The hope was also expressed that “the rural sector may once again take a leading role in development strategies, that sustainable models of agricultural production and food consumption be promoted, and that greater equity and efficiency be guaranteed in the administration of the food system”. José Graziano da Silva subsequently went on to meet with Card. Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, and Mgr. Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States.