PHILIPSBURG (DCOMM):— World Food Day (WFD) is a day of action against chronic hunger and malnutrition. On October 16, people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger.
The United Nations (UN) Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WFD partners are calling on people to work more closely together to create opportunities so that everyone can lead a healthy and productive life.
The theme for World Food Day 2018 is “Our actions are our future.”
The Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department from the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, says that adopting a healthier diet and supporting local food producers are actions that support and ensure our future.
Currently, 821 million people – one in nine people – suffer from chronic hunger worldwide, according to the FAO 2018 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report.
At the same time, 1.9 billion people are overweight, including 672 million obese adults.
Extreme weather events linked to climate change; aggressive, violent encounters (conflict), economic slowdown and rapidly increasing overweight and obesity levels are reversing progress made in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. Now is the time to get back on track.
The observations and creating awareness of the annual theme is part of CPSs annual calendar of health observances.
According to the FAO, zero hunger means working together to ensure everyone, everywhere, has access to the safe, healthy and nutritious food they need.
To achieve it, we must adopt more sustainable structures and systems; lifestyle, work with others; societal mobility and involvement; share our knowledge and be willing to help change the world – for the better.
At the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, 193 countries pledged to end hunger in the next 15 years.
A#ZeroHunger world by 2030 is possible. Working for #ZeroHunger.
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