Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

World Food Day celebration

14 Oct 2003 -- Creating an international alliance against hunger is the core theme of this year's World Food Day. World Food Day marks the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 16 October 1945.

Journalists and media organizations are invited to attend the World Food Day celebration at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Maliwan Mansion, Pra Atit Road, Banglampoo on Thursday 16 October starting at 15:30. In view of security requirements, press accreditation needs to be presented at the registration desk starting from 15:00 hours.

The programme will be presided over by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn as the guest of honour. Former agriculture, finance and foreign affairs minister Sartaj Aziz of Pakistan will deliver a keynote speech on the challenging task of reducing hunger.

Three model farmers will be awarded for outstanding achievement: a Thai farmer for organic farming, a farmer from the Philippines for mixed farming, and a Pakistani farmer for his role in a special programme for food security.

Full details on the programme are given in attachment.

The International alliance against hunger is a way to push aside apathy and indifference and usher in a new era of cooperation and action, to decrease and ultimately eliminate the scourge of hunger. In this time of ample world food production it is unacceptable that more than 500 million people remain hungry in Asia and the Pacific.

A press kit will be given to all journalists attending the celebration.

RAP 03/10

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