World Food Prize laureates ask Biden to elevate hunger

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FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2019 file photo, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, the winner of the 2017 World Food Prize, speaks at U.N. headquarters. A group of 24 scientists, economists, researchers and other past winners of the World Food Prize, including Adesina, sent a letter Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, to President Joe Biden asking him to focus on alleviating global hunger, poverty and malnutrition. The World Food Prize Foundation released the letter that describes United States involvement in battling global hunger as foundational. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group of 24 scientists, economists, researchers and other past winners of the World Food Prize sent a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to focus on alleviating global hunger, poverty and malnutrition.

The World Food Prize Foundation released the letter Tuesday that asks the president to take immediate action to directly address global hunger and food insecurity by playing a leadership role in the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit and expanding the USAID Feed the Future initiatives.

The letter says: “American leadership on getting food systems right will inspire and embolden others to join forces to end hunger, counter climate change, generate jobs, and promote responsible stewardship of the environment.”

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