The Third World Summit for Zero Hunger concluded Sunday at Mall del Rio after presenting 21 proposals it will forward to the United Nations.
Among the proposals included in the “Cuenca Declaration” is a plan to develop an international program of food sovereignty and safety to be implemented within local communities. “The plan will keep central government involvement to a minimum and instead, will create a horizontal, decentralized system that operates at the local level,” a summit spokeswoman said.
Another proposal would develop protocols for infrastructure for safe, effective systems for water delivery, irrigation and sanitation.
Other proposals included a program to protect seed stocks, provide financing for poor farmers, and offer quick delivery of international aid following natural disasters.
According to event sponsors, the summit drew an audience of more than 2,500 from 35 countries, including 117 of the world’s top experts on reducing hunger and malnutrition.