We celebrate World Food Day on October 16 every year. This done in honor of the date of founding The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of United Nations back in 1945. The principle aim of FAO to fight against hunger and malnutrition.
World Food Day is an action towards tackling the global hunger. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diet for all.
Nearly 820 million people is undernourished (State of Food Security report – 2017).
FAO Director General says : Conflicts, climate change and economic slowdown are reversing the fight against global hunger. It found that obesity and overweight is on a rapid rise. This makes it clear that it’s not only fighting the hunger and malnourished.
The scenario in India
The country is home to the largest undernourished population in the world 194.4 million people. Reports confirms that around 20.8% of children under 5 years are underweight. Approximately 37.9% of children under 5 years of age are found to be growth stunted. While, 51.4% women in the reproductive age (15-49 years) are anemic.
The Global Hunger index ranks India at 103 out of 119 countries. An increased consumption of ready to eat food items increase the burden of obesity. There is a shift in the disease pattern from formerly infections to lifestyle diseases.
A recent study from Australia analyzed the quality of packed foods. Indian packed foods ranked the worst in the list. India ranked last in the list following South Africa and China.
To address the problems of nutrition, a multi-model approach should be planned.
Vision of Zero Hunger is still achievable if we join forces across nations, continents and sections.
Taking action is not an option. Our actions will determine our future.
Blessed are those who get to enjoy meals thrice a day. Let us thank God for blessing us with food.
A happy World Food Day to You!.