FAO tackles hunger through social media

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The UN’s Food and Agriculture Administration has launched a new online petition for governments to deal with the problem of world hunger at www.1billionhungry.org, which allows signatories to track their impact as they spread the work through Facebook and Twitter.

The petition should be signed by anyone who "finds it unacceptable that close to one billion people are chronically hungry.”

“We call upon governments to make the elimination of hunger their top priority until that goal is reached,"​ it says.

Actor Jeremy Irons presents a promotional video spoofing the 1970s film ‘Network’; and the software, developed by Prof. Riley Crane, post-doctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory, allows users to visualize their personal impact on a world map as their friends pass on the link.

The 1996 World Food Summit of 1996 agreed the target of reducing the number of hungry people by half to no more than 420 million by 2015. At the current rate, however, that target will only be reached by 2050.

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