In the year 2000 some 149 countries signed up to the Millennium Development Goals the foremost of which is the elimination of extreme poverty and hunger. That year we produced our Target Strategy Paper on Halving World Poverty by 2015: economic growth, equity and security, which set out our approach to increasing the economic well-being of poor people. In May this year we published Eliminating Hunger, our strategy for achieving the Millennium Development Goal on hunger. In it we show how hunger is inextricably linked to poverty and vulnerability. Measures to reduce poverty, empower people and create an environment within which markets can work fairly are essential to improve access to food.