FAO celebrates World Food Day
Today the world has the means to eliminate hunger, says Dr Diouf
16 October 2005, Rome - Today the world has the resources and technology to produce sufficient quantities of food not only to meet the demand of a growing population, but also to bring an end to hunger and poverty, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said during a ceremony at the Organization's headquarters marking World Food Day.
"I dare to hope that wisdom will guide the politicians who decide the destiny of this global village and that reason will prevail, allowing them to make decisions based on the social harmony of a world of solidarity and peace, not on short-term interests than can lead to injustice and social unrest," said Dr Diouf.
World Food Day is celebrated every year on 16 October, the anniversary of the founding of FAO in 1945. This year's World Food Day theme is: "Agriculture and Intercultural dialogue: its our common heritage," recalling the exchange of agricultural information on crops and farm animals over the centuries that have contributed to improve nutrition and reduce poverty.
Alemanno: Pay more attention to Africa
Italian Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Gianni Alemanno called for more attention to be paid to the continent of Africa and for greater collaboration with NGOs, whose role should be better recognized.
Referring to the world food problem, the Italian minister said, "It is not an issue of increased agricultural production, but rather of allowing people who suffer from hunger to be in a better position to get, in whole or in part, their own food."
Mr Alemanno also said: "Let us together create a future of cooperation to make it possible for young people to build a future of well-being, peace and freedom for all."
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