A four-day meeting of the World Food Council opened in the Tanzanian town of Arusha on Tuesday (3 June) to examine plans for tackling the worsening food situation in the developing world.
SV Local women dancing and singing at World Food Council venue, Arusha, Tanzania
GV INTERIOR Delegates arriving in conference hall
SV & CUs President of World Food Council Arturo R. Tanco speaking (7 shots)
TANCO: "It seems that the East-West conflict has all but drowned out the North-South dialogue. It seems that the approaching drums of war have deafened us to the cries of the hungry. In this time of crisis, therefore, we in the World Food Council meet, once again, to re-affirm the primacy of the problem of hunger. For truly, the problem of food towers above all the world's problems. Hunger, after all, kills more people than war. And the right to food, after all, is the first of human rights. We cannot hope for peace in a world where nearly one fourth of humanity goes hungry every day: where one eighth of the world's population is severely malnourished, doomed to what my President has called 'an early dimming of their faculties'. These facts are a travesty of our avowed principles of justice and equality for all. If we are to give substance to our vision of a world where peace and human dignity reign, we must recognise anew that each man's grief is our own, and that the first imperative is to banish hunger in our time."
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Background: A four-day meeting of the World Food Council opened in the Tanzanian town of Arusha on Tuesday (3 June) to examine plans for tackling the worsening food situation in the developing world. The Council's meeting will be hearing of plans to limit the dependence of developing countries on food imports.
SYNOPSIS: There was a colourful welcome for delegates who came to Arusha to discuss what has been described as a most dangerous crisis. The serious dependence of under-developed countries on imports was likely only to get worse unless action was taken now. President of the World Food Council, Arturo T. Tanco. addressed the conference.