The food security problem is “global, and an matter of great commitment by Italy and by this government. It is an Italian foreign policy priority”. These were the words of Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi at the conference on “Nourish the Earth. Cultivate the Future” organised by the Farnesina, the Italian Permanent Mission to the UN in Rome and “Roma InConTra”, for World Food Day.
“The G8 Summit in L’Aquila”, noted Terzi, “saw the launch, after years without effective action, of the ‘L’Aquila initiative on food security’. This Italian commitment led just a few months later to the ‘Rome Declaration’, which contains the principles the international community must follow to combat these major global problems. Problems like malnutrition, but also the waste of resources, bad farming practices and the large proportion of the world’s population affected by them”.