Tom Arnold: Sowing seeds of hope as famine fight goes global
Published 29/12/2011 | 05:00
LOOKING back on the extraordinary events of 2011, it's difficult to recall a more precarious time for the world's poorest people, but it's important also to acknowledge that great progress was made this year in galvanising international political will towards the elimination of global hunger.
In March, global food prices had reached their highest levels since records began, plunging those on the margins into unimaginable poverty.
This was the main topic for discussion of the Spring Meetings gathering at the World Bank and IMF in Washington DC, where I addressed more than 3,000 participants and representatives from 91 countries about the urgency of adopting global policies to prevent food security crises.