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Food Day

16 october

UN World Food Day 2011

16th October has been declared as World Food Day which is observed in remembrance of launching of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945.

World Food Day Origins
In November 1979, World Food Day (WFD) was launched by FAO's Member Countries on its 20th GeneralConference. The Hungarian Delegation, headed by the former Hungarian Minister of Agriculture and Food, Dr. Pal Romany had been instrumental at the 20th Session of the FAO Conference and floated the idea of celebrating the WFD across the world. Since then this day has been observed every year in more than 150 countries, highlighting awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger.
Objectives of World Food Day
*.Encourage to increase agricultural food production and to stimulate national, bilateral, transnational and non-governmental initiatives to this end.
*.Catapult economic and technical coordination among developing nations.
*.Enhance the participation of rural people, particularly women and the under privileged strata, in decisions and events impacting their living conditions.
*.Augment public awareness of the issue of hunger in the world.
*.Advocate the journey of technologies to the developing world.
*.Revitalize international and national solidarity in the combat against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and attract attention to accomplishments in food and agricultural development.

World Food Day Themes
World Food Day has disseminated different themes every year, in order to highlight areas needed to take action and provide a generic focus, since 1981.

Factors led to Food Crisis
Many countries have witnessed the outbreak of hungry people every day with less opportunity to feed due to some of the basic factors like enhanced food prices and energy. Pakistan, Egypt, Morocco, Cameroon, Malaysia, Ivory and Madagascar, Indonesia Coast, Ethiopia and many more countries have witnessed the same crisis at some point of time in their history.
In an internal memo that was leaked to the media, the UN believes that international concern for this situation is one of the biggest concerns and that the whole infrastructure of emergency food aid is unable to cope with the crisis. A specific contingency plans to cater to the needs of all urban population has to be launched.

The Deteriorating Situation
The flow of food supply is at its minimum level in twenty years, while the number of hungry people is increasing, due to the combined repercussion of high food prices, the global financial crunch and increasingly severe weather fluctuations.
The famous hunger riots thattook place in various countries around the world these days have sounded allthe alarms.
What are the factors and most yet more importantly who are the culprits? Undoubtedly, the global leaders of all the major developed and emerging countries are completely aware of the situation.

Reduction of rations
Last year, WFP set a goal to feed 108 million people in 74 countries across the world, but a major budget deductionhas prompted a cut down of rations to hungry people in some countries, and programsuspensions in others.  So far, donors have contributedaround US$2.9 billion towardsWFP’s 2009 budget of US$6.7billion.
WFP has fed about 10 percent of the world’s population till date but last year, for the first time, the organization could not reach that set target.  As an agency that caters to emergency needs, WFP had also met many unexpected demands in 2009, such as the aid to the recent floods inthe Philippines.

How to Combat?
And perhaps the topic that can help fighting hunger is educating the parents and the society as well with responsible parenting. Though the Church and the state have disagreements with it, it is imperative to give a try to educate and literate the people.
While most of us worry aboutthe food to be prepared or maybe the lack of kitchen appliances like a Bosch mixerand other regular kitchen gadgets, take time to think ofthose who are suffering fromacute hunger.
Both public and private investments are required, more specifically through targeted oriented public investment to increase and encourage private investment, especially by farmers themselves.

Other Solutions
The World Bank is considering to almost doubling of agricultural loans to African countries, while theguru of the World Bank is of the view that it is neither possible nor even worth waiting for the G8 meeting and is saying that at least 500 million dollars are needed to implement a really result oriented food policy. We have to change the mind of the man.
The situation is grave and resources are limited. We need to reach a solution or multifarious program with flexible infrastructure to feedthis huge chunk of human being or else even after so much of modernization and invention of latest equipments history will mock on us if we are not able to feed our people.

Best regards

Rakesh khudia

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