World Food Day
World Food Day provides an occasion to highlight the plight of 923 million undernourished people in the world. Most of them live in rural areas where their main source of income is agriculture. Global warming and the biofuel boom are now threatening to push the number of hungry even higher.
The Conference of
the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations proclaimed World Food Day in 1979 to heighten public awareness
of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle
against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. The day marks the date
of the founding of the FAO in 1945.
In 1980, the General Assembly
endorsed observance of the day in consideration of the fact that
"food is a requisite for human survival and well-being and a fundamental
human necessity" (resolution 35/70 of 5 December).
Related links :
World Food Day 2009 - Department of Agriculture
World Food Day 2009 - Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library
World Food Situation
Food Security Programmes
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