International Policy and Regulatory Frameworks
Edited by Rosemary Rayfuse and Nicole Weisfelt
While the concept of food security is not new to humanity, the importance of redefining the concept in favour of improving and strengthening the security of our food systems, and the availability, accessibility and sustainability of food sources to feed the world, has come to light in recent years. In 1996, the World Food Summit was held in Rome to respond to the growing numbers of undernourished and impoverished people in the world and to find ways of reaching the goal of food security. This goal was again reiterated at the Millennium Summit held in New York in 2000. At this meeting, members of the United Nations adopted the Millennium Declaration, which contains the goals and targets for, among other important areas of human development, eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. Realization of these targets requires, among other things, effective regional initiatives to encourage government bodies, and regional and global fora, to implement policies in a practical way to improve their food security.
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