World Food Day to be ob­served

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World Food Day (WFD) is ob­served every year on 16th of Oc­to­ber to mark the foun­da­tion day of Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion (FAO) since its in­cep­tion in 1945. Events of dif­fer­ent na­tures are or­ga­nized in over 150 coun­tries across the world, mak­ing it one of the most cel­e­brated days of the UN cal­en­dar. These events pro­mote world­wide aware­ness and ac­tion for those who suf­fer from hunger and for the need to en­sure food se­cu­rity and nu­tri­tious di­ets for all. World Food Day is a chance to show our com­mit­ment to Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goal (SDG) 2 – to achieve Zero Hun- ger by 2030. It’s also a day for us to cel­e­brate the progress we jointly have made to­wards reach­ing ZeroHunger world.

This year is the 73th birth an­niver­sary of FAO and 38th years that FAO mem­ber coun­tries have been ob­serv­ing this day. FAO has be­come an in­de­pen­dent in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion in 1985 and this year is the 33th year of FAO in Bhutan.

In Bhutan the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture un­der the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture & Forests has been the fo­cal agency rep­re­sent­ing Bhutan to or­ga­nize World Food Day in Bhutan with col­lab­o­ra­tion with FAO and WFP Bhutan and rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment agen­cies. An­nual best school farm awards for School Agri­cul­ture Pro­gramme (SAP), has been tied as one im­por­tant ac­tiv­ity dur­ing the event of WFD every year since year 2000. The aim of this day is to cre­ate pub­lic aware­ness and ed­u­cate the gen­eral pub­lic on the ef­forts made by FAO and WFP and other UN agen­cies on their ef­forts to fight against the against hunger and im­por­tance of food and ex­press our sol­i­dar­ity in the strug­gle against hunger, mal­nu­tri­tion and poverty.

This year the global theme is “A Zero Hunger by World by 2030 is pos­si­ble”. The mes­sage from FAO Di­rec­tor Gen­eral will be read out for pub­lic ben­e­fit through mass me­dia. The day will be marked in Thim­phu with SAP na­tional award win­ners, stu­dents, teach­ers, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and mem­bers of UN or­ga­ni­za­tions.

En­sur­ing food and nutri­tion se­cu­rity and poverty al­le­vi­a­tion, among oth­ers are some of the ma­jor na­tional ob­jec­tive of min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Forests in the cur­rent 12th FYP that is very much in line with this year’s WFD Global theme. A na­tional level of WFD com­mit­tee has been in place rep­re­sent­ing tech­ni­cal de­part­ments of Agri­cul­ture & Forests, De­part­ment of School Ed­u­ca­tion and donor part­ners like WFP and FAO to de­cide the venues for an­nual WFD cel­e­bra­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the 2017 State of Food Se­cu­rity and Nutri­tion re­port (SOFI), 815 mil­lion peo­ple suf­fered from hunger in 2016, an in­crease of 38 mil­lion peo­ple com­pared to 2015 (777 mil­lion). This was largely due to con­flicts, droughts and floods around the world, re­sult­ing dif­fi­culty in achiev­ing the food self­suf­fi­ciency in the world. In­clu­sive ru­ral de­vel­op­ment can help on all fronts, curb­ing con­flict, boost­ing sus­tain­abil­ity and mak­ing ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties more eco­nom­i­cal through agri­cul­ture de­vel­op­ment and opt­ing to re­main in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties with no fear of food short­age en­cour­ag­ing each in­di­vid­u­als a pride to be in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

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