Written by Stephanie Koathes

World Food Day 2017

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Having food is a basic human right.

Did you know that despite the fact that enough food is produced to feed everyone on the planet, around one in nine people, about 800 million, are going hungry? A whopping 60% suffering are women.

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), hunger kills more people every year than malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS combined.

This is further compounded because one third of the food produced worldwide is lost or wasted.

World Food Day is observed annually on 16 October, this year’s theme is:  “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.”

Three quarters of the world’s extreme poor rely on agriculture  to make a living. In the fight to end hunger, it’s crucial to improve the conditions those living in rural areas.  Special attention must also be placed on youth, so that they feel safe saying in their home communities and have more resilient livelihoods.

Improving development in rural areas can address factors that force people to move.

How?

We can reduce rural poverty and help increase food security.  We can help by:

  • Creating opportunities and jobs that are not only crop-based
  • Offering more reliable ways of earning,
  • Increasing better access to social protection
  • Reducing conflict over natural resources and solutions to environmental degradation and climate change.

Events are organised for World Food Day in more than 150 countries around the globe; it is one of the most celebrated days in the UN calendar.

 

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