From a paper by William J. Byron, S.J., president of The Catholic University of America:

The Senate-House Concurrent Resolution on the Right to Food made mention of . . . Henry Kissinger's declaration of a "bold objective" at the 1974 World Food Conference in Rome, namely, "That within a decade no child will go to bed hungry, that no family will fear for its next day's bread and that no human being's future and capacities will be stunted by malnutrition." . . . Secretary Kissinger {also} noted: "The profound promise of our era is that for the first time we may have the technical capacity to free mankind from the scourge of hunger." With the technical capacity already in place, it remains for us to design and apply the necessary political devices. . . . Secretary Kissinger pledged his government's willingness to "work cooperatively" with other nations toward the achievement of what is certainly a "bold objective."

. . . We have made little progress since 1974 in achieving global cooperation in food. The decade which ended in 1984 saw a sharp rise in worldwide awareness of hunger, chiefly as a result of televised news reporting of famine in Africa. For the most part, however, the response to the problem took the form of emergency food aid. Political will was heightened; it was translated into action, in the United States, by several political means and by private voluntary activity. But the volume of politically enacted relief assistance was not notable relative to the size of the American GNP and the enormity of the need overseas. And the private charitable response has been relatively short-lived, fading as graphic representations of the problem disappeared from the print and electronic news media.