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U.N. speaks out against hunger on World Food Day

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gave a speech at U.N. headquarters to honor World Food Day while U.N. officials decried hunger as being an "unacceptable" outcome of disparities in the world.

Delegates called chronic hunger "unacceptable" after officials noted that small farms produce 80 percent of the food in developing nations, according to

Ban Ki-moon pointed out that the drop to 925 million hungry people world-wide from last year's count of 1 billion was "not nearly enough" of an improvement. Ki-moon called for a global rise to action in order to provide what he considers a fundamental human right to the world's hungry people, reports the news source.

The U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) invested nearly $60 million in 2008 to help the countries most affected by the food crisis during planting seasons, with the Secretary General allocating an additional $100 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund, according to the U.N.'s website.

Several other humanitarian organizations have made large-scale contributions, including the International Fund for Agriculture Development, the International Monetary Fund and the World Health Organization.
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