Marking World Food Day, the United Nations warns that the fight against global hunger is lost and calls for action to improve food security for the most vulnerable.
In his message to mark World Food Day (16 October), United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for decisive action and investment to strengthen local food systems.
His message comes from the fact that nearly a billion people around the world lack food. The United Nations warns that hunger is on the rise globally, driven by conflict, population displacement, climate change and the economic impact of COVID-19. It states that refugees and internally displaced persons as a result of conflict are among those most at risk.
The UN recognizes that its goal of ending world hunger by 2030 is likely to be missed.
Guterres says nearly 40% of the world’s population, 3 billion people, cannot afford a healthy diet. According to him, this leads to the spread of malnutrition in the form of malnutrition and obesity around the world.
“The pandemic has deprived another 140 million people of access to essential food. At the same time, the way we produce, consume and discard food is taking a huge toll on our planet. This puts historical pressure on our natural resources, climate and environment and costs us trillions of dollars a year, ”Guterres said.
World Food Day marks the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, which was established on October 16, 1945 in Quebec, Canada. Patrick Jackson, FAO Senior Program Officer in Geneva, says more than 150 countries hold special events annually to mark the day.
He says this year’s theme calls for a transformation of agri-food systems to provide people everywhere with affordable and nutritious food.
“With an ever-growing population expected to reach 10 billion by 2050, we need to feed the world and cherish the planet. It’s not just about responding to emergencies, it’s about building resilience over the long term and changing the way we produce and consume food, ”Jaxon said.
FAO recommends developing a variety of agricultural systems that it says are more adaptable to climate change and other shocks.