As the Second World Food Congress went into its ninth day today (Thursday), young protestors, claiming that the United Nations sponsored Congress was failing to solve hunger problems, continued their day and night hunger strike while picketing the Hague building where the conference is being staged.
GV Congress building in The Hague
CU PAN from sign "Hunger striking" to strikers asleep
CU Slogan "Hunger strike - now join us"
SV Delegates across entrance hall
GV Delegates in congress building
SV PAN from FAO sign to Dutch Chairman M. Lardinois speaking
CU Delegates listen (3 shots)
SV Officials on platform
CU Delegates listen (3 shots)
GV Int, conference in progress
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Background: As the Second World Food Congress went into its ninth day today (Thursday), young protestors, claiming that the United Nations sponsored Congress was failing to solve hunger problems, continued their day and night hunger strike while picketing the Hague building where the conference is being staged.
One initial source of protest by the young hunger strikers was their claim that Portugal was a Colonial exploiting regime in Africa. Subsequently it was revealed by the Dutch born Director General of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation, (FAO), Dr. Addeke H. Boerma, that Portugal would not be invited to attend the forth-coming FAO Regional Conference on Africa to be held in Algiers this Autumn.
Dr. Boerma, when asked the reason for Portugal's exclusion from the conference, said the formal explanation was s because she was not an African country.
Meanwhile, as the hunger strikers continued their day and night vigil, Mr. Pierce Lardinois, Congress Chairman summed up the main themes which had resolved during the Congress's first week.
Mr. Lardinois, who is the Dutch Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, told the 1,500 participants from 100 countries that the three major questions he believed must be taken into account by four commissions meeting this week were:
1. Population growth and the need for family planning.
2. The need for land reform and thorough modernisation of rural societies.
3. "The fact that increased production of itself would not necessarily mean the attainment of high living standards, nor the closing of the protein gap, unless major decisions were taken which would ensure changes in incomes distribution at the same time".
Later, speaking at one of the first panel discussions, India's Minister of State for Family Planning, Mr. Sripati Chandraskhar, said that good nutrition was the best contraceptive for controlling runaway population growth.
He added that poor nutrition - a prime cause of infant mortality - induces women in countries like India to produce from eight to ten children on the assumption that only three would survive to become family bread-winners. If all the children were assured of good nutrition, and therefore of a reasonable life expectancy, the mothers would feel freer to have fewer children.