John Mills

Don't leave hunger off the global agenda

When the leaders of the globe's biggest economies — the G8 — meet at Camp David in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains this weekend, they will have a plate full of problems: banking and liquidity and bonds and loan guarantees and such.

Somewhere on that plate there needs to be room for the world's poor, specifically for the hundreds of millions who go to bed hungry every night.

To their credit, the G8 have put food security on the agenda. This comes as a $22 billion, three-year pledge for food and hunger issues made at the 2009 G8 summit is expiring — even as only a fraction of that money has been spent. That pledge was in part a reaction to a sudden spike in food prices in 2008...