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An alternative post-2015 development strategy (II)

New priorities for development

We commit ourselves to reduce the part of those suffering from hunger by half till 2015, our Heads of State and Government proclaimed in 2000 when they adopted objective no. 1 of the MDGs. At that time, there were some 850 million people suffering from that scourge. A 2012 United Nations report (A/67/257) recognizes that some 900 million people are still suffering from hunger. It adds that hunger and malnutrition remain the most critical global challenges. This shows that the international community is heading towards a flagrant and scandalous failure. By Jean Feyder

 

There is a basic fact which remained unknown for a long time: Some 80% of those suffering from hunger and malnutrition – more than 700 million – live in the rural areas. Around 50 % of these persons are small peasants, 20% are landless peasants and 10% are herdsmen, fishermen and people working in the forests ...


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A new priority for agriculture
Shaping an industrial policy
The poor countries have to protect their markets
Regulating the financial sector
Making development sustainable
Conclusions


The author:

Jean Feyder has been Ambassador of Luxembourg in Geneva and served in 2009/10 as President of the Trade & Development Board of UNCTAD. He is a member of ASTM (Association Solidarité Tiers Monde), Luxembourg, and SOS-Faim, Belgium/Luxembourg.

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