You can’t build a peaceful world on empty stomachs and human misery – Dr. Ernest Norman Borlaug
Every year World Food Day is observed on 16th October to honor the foundation day of the Food and Agricultural Organization established by the United Nations in 1945 in Canada. Since 1979, the day is being celebrated by millions of people who are working on the cause of eradicating hunger and building food security in the world.
The study reveals that one in nine people in the world is suffering with chronic hunger and malnutrition. Ironically, the weak and marginalized are the most effected amongst which the women constitutes to 60% of the hungry. Adding on to the misery, almost 5 million children under the 5 years of age either die or have damaged brain and body due to malnutrition-related causes.
The world’s weak and marginalized comprises farmers, fishers and pastoralists and they are hit hardest by higher temperatures and an increasing frequency in weather-related disasters. Hence this year the World Food Day is based on the theme,“Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” Additionally, the world population is also growing at a steady rate and is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. In order to meet this growing demand the food and agriculture systems need to adapt the adverse effects of climate change and become more resilient, productive and sustainable.
The sustainable way of producing food comprises adopting practices that can produce more with less resources in the same area of land and also making the optimum utilization of natural resources. It also means reducing food losses before the final product or retail stage through a number of initiatives including better harvesting, storage, packing, transport, infrastructure, market mechanisms, as well as institutional and legal frameworks. By strengthening the resilience of smallholder farmers, we can guarantee food security for the planet’s increasingly hungry global population also reduce emissions.
Fiinovation also believe the fact that food is the basic right of every person.
The world aims to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030; climate change is a challenge that must be addressed in order to continue the fight against hunger and achieve this goal – FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL ORGANIZATION