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Vatican to FAO: "Feeding the hungry is in the Gospel"

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Monsignor Renato Volante is the Holy See’s eyes and ears at the summit.

Mons. Renato Volante
Vatican FAO Permanent Observer

“The Holy See is interested in what’s going on in FAO and IFA and I have the  impression the organization wants to hear what the Holy See has to say from the spiritual point of view.”


Monsignor Renato Volante is the Permanent Observer to the FAO at the Vatican. A title he’s held for 7 years.

7 years in which he’s seen world hunger grow to historic levels.

Mons. Renato Volante
Vatican FAO Permanent Observer

“it’s growing worse in absolute numbers so far this is the worst time. We have more than 1 billion people suffering from hunger in the world.”

According to the U.N agency every six seconds a child dies of hunger.

Mons. Renato Volante
FAO Permanent Observer
“To feed the hungry it is in the gospel, it is one of the teachings of the gospel to everybody who wants to follow Jesus Christ.”

Monsignor Volate is at the summit to present the Catholic Churchs’ point of view on the critical problem, since he says missionaries are often the best sources of information.

Mosignor Volante points out the economic crisis coupled with lack of transportation and investment in the agricultural sector are some of the biggest obstacles.

Mons. Renato Volante
FAO Permanent Observer

“For example, in Africa, they only use 4% of water available is used because there are no channels there’s no way to transport the water to where it is needed.”

FAO estimates food production will have to increase by 70 percent and developing countries will have to invest billions to eradicate hunger by the year 2050.

An ambitious goal that is the core of the summit.

But one that will take action on the part of developing countries to be reached.

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