Too often, strategies in the fight against hunger “are adopted which pursue particular goals rather than a holistic vision which ranks the human needs first,” warned the permanent observer of the Holy See to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in a recent meeting.

Monsignor Renato Volante, permanent observer of the Holy See at the Rome-based U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), addressed the group at its 35th special session last week. He emphasized in his comments that Holy See delegation seeks not “to offer technical solutions, but rather to suggest an ideal orientation which may help in making concrete choices, focusing on the needs of each human person, especially when they are limited by conditions of life which compromise a dignified human life.” He observed that “fighting against hunger is conditioned by multiple factors and by the motives inspiring it.” Pursuing particular goals rather than a holistic vision, he warned, “produces negative effects in the rural sector, especially where poverty, underdevelopment, malnutrition and environmental degradation are more evident.”

Read the full address.


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