CPV: More than 150 countries around the world are observing World Food Day this year, with special events, conferences, contests, sports activities, putting the emphasis on “The Right to Food” for everyone.
World Food Day on October 16 was initiated after the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
This year’s theme, “The Right to Food,” highlights a basic human right as severe food insecurity continues to afflict more than 850 million people n developing countries.
|International law: The right to food is of every person to have regular access to sufficient, nutritionally adequate and culturally acceptable food for an active, healthy life. It is the right to feed oneself in dignity, rather than the right to be fed.|
World Food Day activities include the main ceremony at FAO headquarters and a debate among a number of social organizations on “The Right Way to Fight Hunger”.
A Run-for-Food race will take place in Rome on October 21 as well as in Guinea and Nigeria, amongst others.
A global candlelight vigil will begin on the evening of 22 October in Samoa and then in various cities around the world including Yokohama, Japan, Yrevan, Armenia, Lusaka, Zambia, Bratislava, Slovakia, Quito, Ecuador and Rome in Italy.
Meanwhile, a special World Food Day event will be held at UN Headquarters in New York on October 18.
An event on humanitarian assistance and the Right to Food on October 17 is also being held in Geneva.
Various debates and symposia will be held in Austria, Finland, Ireland and Sweden. More than 100 activities are scheduled to take place in Italy and a week-long programme will be held in Hungary and Vietnam.
WHO: 1.6 billion adults are overweight; 400 million are obese.
Two thirds live in low- and middle-income countries, mainly emerging markets and transition economies.
Fund-raising television galas and campaigns are to take place in Spain, Egypt, and Mali and a regional symposium will be held by Thailand to acknowledge this year’s World Food Day.
Just one week before World Food Day, the FAO published a guide for healthy nutrition education in primary schools. Such a guide will help make children aware of how to achieve a nourishing diet with limited means; how to prepare and handle food safely and how to avoid food-related risks.
It also provides future parents with knowledge on the benefits of breastfeeding and complementary feeding, and of educating their children to follow a diet that is well balanced and of good quality.
World Food Day this year is marked at a time when bad eating habits are reported to be on the rise, causing chronic diseases such as excess weight and obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, which are spreading around the globe.
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