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“Make a commitment to give the agricultural sector its proper importance”

With these words the Pope began his address to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on the celebration of World Food Day. Echoing many key points in Caritas in Veritate, the Pope spoke of the imprtance of food production but more so of food distribution, and the responsability of developed nations in this process. Once again the Pope challenged the current view of development that mutilates the human person and sees development in only material terms:

“If the international community is to be truly “united” against hunger, then poverty must be overcome through authentic human development, based on the idea of the person as a unity of body, soul and spirit. Today, though, there is a tendency to limit the vision of development to one that satisfies the material needs of the person, especially through access to technology; yet authentic development is not simply a function of what a person “has”, it must also embrace higher values of fraternity, solidarity and the common good.

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