G8 Pledges Food Aid to Poor Countries

As the G8 summit wound up in Italy Friday, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt commented on the pledge for 20 million dollars in farm aid to the help the poor nations feed themselves.

Reinfeldt is at the meeting representing the European Union, as Sweden has just taken over the EU’s rotating presidency. He told Swedish Radio News the food aid is necessary as there are a billion people going hungry today, while the world expects a population increase of another two billion.

But he also said it remains to be seen if the promises are kept.

Reinfeldt, who has been transported around the summit area in an environmentally friendly electric buggy, also wanted more concrete goals in the short term to fight climate change, but these were not forthcoming at the G8. Hopes are now set on the International Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December.