FAO director meets with Pope, praises Church efforts against hunger
June 14, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI met on June 14 with Jose Graziano da Silva, the director-general of the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), who expressed his admiration for the Church’s efforts to fight hunger, especially in Africa.
A Vatican statement released after the meeting noted the agreement that “despite the fact that there are sufficient resources to satisfy the food requirements of the entire planet, persistent economic, social and political obstacles hinder the possibility of meeting those requirements.” The Pope and the FAO leader joined in their hope that these obstacles could be eliminated. They also called for rural development, sustainable agricultural practices, and greater efficiency and equality in distribution of food.