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Clinton and Irish foreign secretary to host food conference

Secretary Clinton and Irish Foreign Minister Micheál Martin will be hosting a conference on hunger next month in New York, alongside the U.N. General Assembly meeting. Food security is a particularly pressing issue right now in light of the flood-induced humanitarian disaster in Pakistan (as shown in the food line above) and the wheat shortage ...

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Secretary Clinton and Irish Foreign Minister Micheál Martin will be hosting a conference on hunger next month in New York, alongside the U.N. General Assembly meeting.

Food security is a particularly pressing issue right now in light of the flood-induced humanitarian disaster in Pakistan (as shown in the food line above) and the wheat shortage caused by the wildfires in Russia. Martin said in an Aug. 22 statement: "We are prioritising the prevention of under-nutrition in children under the age of two, as the science shows that children never recover from malnutrition at that age; they never develop to their full potential physically or mentally."

Those of us who have enough to eat have so much to be thankful for, and it’s great that Clinton is taking action on this important humanitarian issue. The world community must keep people from starving, but ultimately, the solution to hunger is improved governance. A country that can’t feed its own people has a lot to be ashamed about.

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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