‘Show more heart to end global hunger’

Princess Haya’s mes­sage to the UAE and be­yond on World Food Day

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The world does not need tech­nol­ogy to end hunger, just “more ef­fort” from those who can help.

That was the mes­sage from HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hus­sein (in­set), the wife of HH Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­oum, Vice Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, ahead of World Food Day to­day.

In an opin­ion edi­to­rial piece re­leased last night, Princess Haya wrote: “Hunger is of­ten and quite rightly called ‘the world’s great­est solv­able prob­lem.’

“We don’t need to look to more biotech­nol­ogy ad­vances or any ge­netic engi­neer­ing break­throughs to feed the hun­gry – we need more ef­fort.

“To end world hunger, what we need is sim­ply more ‘heart’ – the ‘heart’ to em­pathise with the suf­fer­ing of peo­ple; the heart to take ac­tion and do what it is needed to bring them re­lief.”

With food wastage such an is­sue in the UAE, Princess Haya’s words should res­onate across the coun­try.

She pointed out that roughly one third of the food pro­duced in the world for hu­man con­sump­tion ev­ery year – ap­prox­i­mately 1.3 bil­lion tonnes – is “lost or wasted”, adding that such sta­tis­tics “un­der­line the fact that most of us take the food we eat for granted. Many of us around the world are completely and ut­terly un­aware that ba­sic food is a pre­cious com­mod­ity for 800 mil­lion peo­ple”.

She wrote: “One in nine peo­ple in the world strug­gle to find a sim­ple meal or any form of good nu­tri­tion. Let that sink in. Ev­ery sin­gle night, 800 mil­lion peo­ple go to bed weak from hav­ing eaten lit­tle or noth­ing that day.”

To high­light the ef­fort al­ready be­ing made, Princess Haya praised the work of HH Sheikh Mo­hammed and his re­sponse to al­le­vi­ate the suf­fer­ing of many peo­ple strug­gling with­out food. She pointed out that in 2014, when an Is­raeli bom­bard­ment rav­aged Gaza, Sheikh Mo­hammed took quick ac­tion with “one goal” – to help the needy, or­gan­is­ing planes to travel from the In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian City in Dubai to Am­man in Jor­dan in or­der to ferry sup­plies, in­clud­ing food, to Gazans. And she pointed to Sheikh Mo­hammed’s re­cent ef­forts to fly a plane full of aid to refugees in South Su­dan. She said of Sheikh Mo­hammed: “While he has a deep pas­sion for giv­ing the best pos­si­ble life to his peo­ple he is also keen to share some of the gains of the coun­try’s progress with the less fortunate around the world. “Sheikh Mo­hammed’s ini­tia­tives demon­strate that if more world lead­ers had the will and de­sire to solve the prob­lems of the de­prived, we could eas­ily re­alise our dream of end­ing hunger and poverty.” Princess Haya fin­ished by telling us all, on World Food Day to­day, to spare a thought for the more than “bil­lion peo­ple who wake up ev­ery day hun­gry, mal­nour­ished, thirsty and sick”. She said: “Those of us liv­ing in the UAE don’t have to look far for in­spi­ra­tion.”

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