Farmers hold 'global market' in Rome at UN summit on hunger

In Rome, several hundred farmers and food producers protested in the historic Circo Massimo market square for a better global food supply. They held a 'world market' to emphasize the importance of the food industry.

An international conference on fighting hunger and food production will be held at the headquarters of the UN food organization FAO in Rome in the coming days. At the UN summit, heads of state and delegates discuss ways to transform food systems to tackle hunger, poverty, climate change and inequality.

The conference also includes CEOs of international agricultural conglomerates, banks and producers of chemical growth agents and raw materials. Critics, environmental groups and human rights organizations say they fear that the large agro-industry will get an even greater grip on Agriculture + Food through the UN.

“Farmers are the lifeblood of our food systems,” said Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General. She was accompanied on her visit to the market by Agnes Kalibata, the Special Envoy for the Food Systems Summit.

The farmers' market in Rome was hosted by Coldiretti, the largest agricultural association in Europe, which announced plans to extend its model of working with smallholders to low-income countries.

The event will be held at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, which also houses the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS).