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UN summit approves new approach to hunger fight

World leaders at a food summit have rallied around a new strategy to fight global hunger and help poor countries feed themselves, but failed to pledge funds sought by the U.N.

FILE- Indian workers are seen silhouetted as they load rice sacks onto a truck at a grain market on the eve of World Food Day in Amritsar, India, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008. The U.N. agency Food and Agriculture Organization is reporting on Friday June 19, 2009, that over 1 billion people across the world are hungry, according to FAO, an historic high level of hunger that is the result of the financial downturn combined with persistently high food prices. The agency's Director-General Jacques Diouf has said "The silent hunger crisis, affecting one-sixth of all of humanity, poses a serious risk for world peace and security".(AP Photo/ Altaf Qadri, FILE)

ROME (AP) - World leaders at a food summit have rallied around a new strategy to fight global hunger and help poor countries feed themselves, but failed to pledge funds sought by the U.N.

The summit, in its first hours Monday, approved its final declaration in a show of consensus. Countries pledged to substantially increase aid to agriculture in developing nations, so that the world's 1 billion hungry can become more self-sufficient.

However, the summit did not commit to a specific figure of $44 billion a year for agricultural aid that the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says is needed.

The agency, which is hosting the summit, had also hoped countries would adopt 2025 as a deadline to eradicate hunger. But the declaration didn't include that goal.


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