Former presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter have signed...

NEW YORK -- Former presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter have signed a letter urging world leaders to extend their failed effort to end world hunger by 1984.

The letter, released Monday, asks world leaders to respond with specific plans for ending death by starvation by the year 1994.


It was sent to United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar.

The Manhattan-based group Impact on Hunger sponsored the letter and said it hopes to achieve a well-fed world by 1994 and continue the goals of the World Food Conference held in Rome 10 years ago.

The conference, attended by delegates from 130 nations, had pledged to eradicate world hunger by this year.

Signers of the document included former presidents Ford and Carter, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Ernest Hollings, boxer Muhammed Ali and actor Burt Lancaster.

The letter, in part, said: 'We urge you to announce your intention to initiate a concrete plan outlining your nation's participation in overcoming domestic and world hunger, and, within the next year, to present this plan to your legislatures and peoples for their response and support.'

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