More than 100 members of the United Nations, its agencies, non-governmental organizations and private foundations attend the conference to discuss global food security issues at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States, Sept. 26, 2009.
More than 100 members of the United Nations, its agencies, non-governmental organizations and private foundations took time out Saturday from the annual general debate to discuss global food security issues.
Tossing ideas and airing agendas on food production and distribution for about 90 minutes, they were led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She was tasked by U.S. President Barack Obama to lead his nation's campaign against food insecurity in the world. Clinton in turn appointed her chief of staff and councillor, Cheryl Mills, to take the point for her.
Clinton figures high on the topic because the United States pledged 3.5 billion of the 20 billion plus U.S. dollars promised to the cause by developed nations and her personal interest in bettering the lives of women and children, particularly since women make up the bulk of small farmers.