This year on the Food and Agriculture Organization’s World Food Day, the theme is “Food Prices – From Crisis to Stability.” Price swings, upswings in particular, represent a major threat to food security in developing countries. Hardest-hit are the poor. According to the World Bank, in 2010-2011 rising food costs pushed nearly 70 million people into extreme poverty.
The year, organizers hope to shed some light on this trend and what can be done to mitigate its impact on the most vulnerable.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945.
The objectives of World Food Day are to:
- Encourage attention to agricultural food production and to stimulate national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end;
- Encourage economic and technical cooperation among developing countries;
- Encourage the participation of rural people, particularly women and the least privileged categories, in decisions and activities influencing their living conditions;
- Heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world;
- Promote the transfer of technologies to the developing world; and
- Strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development.
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