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Posted on Oct 16, 2015 |

World Food Day-A Zero Hunger Challenge

World Food Day-A Zero Hunger Challenge

World Food Day-A Zero Hunger Challenge

“In a world of plenty, no one, not a single person should go hungry”-Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary-General

Even though, during the past decade, India has witnessed accelerated economic growth and emerged as a global player, it is still home to one-third of the world’s poor with 37 percent of India’s population falling below the poverty line and 18% of the population being undernourished. Along with the international concern for the rise of obesity and diabetes, there is also a focus on poverty and the undernourished.

World food day, a UN initiative is an action against hunger, observed every year in all countries around the world. On October 16th, people declare their commitment to eradicating hunger. Hungry people have learning difficulties, are less productive at work, are sick more often and live shorter lives. The figures are shocking. In a world of plenty, 805 million people, one in nine worldwide, live with chronic hunger.  Around 60% of the hungry in the world are women and 4 in 10 children in poor countries are malnourished damaging their bodies and brains and almost 5 million children under the age of 5 die of malnutrition-related causes every year.

The official celebration of World Food Day is at the Expo Milano 2015, attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, José Graziano da Silva. They along with Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, and the country’s ministers for agriculture and foreign affairs, Maurizio Martina and Paolo Gentiloni, will unveil the topic for 2015 – “Social protection and Agriculture: Breaking The Cycle Of Rural Poverty” which aims to ensure direct access to food or the means to buy food.

Of the total Indian population 67.6% is rural and 57.2% of land under agriculture. And agricultural development has a huge contribution to the social protection and economic growth of India. Most of this rural India, shows poverty; an inability to buy nutritious food, hence being undernourished and underdeveloped.  In order to fight hunger and eliminate poverty we must work to create a transformation in our rural communities with investment, providing decent jobs, decent conditions and decent opportunities so that our nation can have a balanced growth and the rural areas can fulfill their potential.

“Men, women and children need nutritious food every day to have any chance of a free and prosperous future. Healthy bodies and minds are fundamental to both individual and economic growth, and that growth must be inclusive for us to make hunger history,” said World Food Programme executive director Ertharin Cousin.

Ending hunger is everyone’s responsibility. All of us have a role to play, even through the commitment to change simple day to day actions and decisions-The Zero Hunger Challenge, Milan Expo 2015.

What we can do as individuals:

  • Prevent food wastage, and immediately source the left-over food to orphanages or the needy.
  • Sponsor a meal for the needy or a group in a rural area.
  • Donate or Volunteer for CRY (Child Rights and You) to prevent child labor, sponsor education and food in order to bring about a qualified future rural population.
  • Invest in agricultural land and support the farmer which might also reap you benefits.
  • Include 4 different, color fruits and vegetables per day in your meals.
  • Exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes per day or maintain 10,000 steps per day on your pedometer.
  • Stay active and love yourself enough to lead a healthy life.

 

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Ms Syeda Amena Omer,

Clinical Dietitian ,

Apollo Hospitals