“Political leaders should shift focus from making war to fighting hunger.
This is the only war all political leaders should learn how to wage: to fight for life, and not to fight for death.
Hunger is the most powerful and dreadful weapon of mass destruction mankind has ever created.
Hunger kills no soldiers in battlefields, hunger kills no enemies, hunger kills no terrorists. Hunger kills children.
The rulers of the world must learn how to govern our countries with the feelings of their hearts.
Not the hungry should help the hungry. The ones like us, the ones who eat every morning, and every afternoon and every night: we are the ones who have to help the hungry.
For the hungry are sometimes so hungry they cannot even cry out loud for help.”
(Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, former President of Brazil, in his acceptance speech for the World Food Prize, an international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.)
Foto: Ricardo Stuckert.