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Always too little - always too late - and always at the wrong season. The delegates in Rome promised to continue efforts to reduce by half the number of hungry people by two thousand fifteen. 

But critics pointed out that world leaders made a similar promise more than ten years ago. Several countries promised to increase aid for agriculture, to help developing nations become more independent. Still, critics deplored a lack of greater action"

A VOA News story includes comments by Umar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, prime minister of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, about the food summit, who "told VOA that Rome's conference had been helpful because it drew the world's attention to the problem of world hunger. But he said it had also shown there's still a long way to go to meet U.N. goals for improving food security worldwide." He said, "It was an issue that really has shown, I think, that people are lagging behind in the goals of the Millennium Development Goals, as well as the food security goals of 2050"
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