11 Oct 2013 -- Each year on 16 October, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations celebrates World Food Day in commemoration of its founding on that day in 1945.
The theme for World Food Day this year is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”.
Today almost 870 million people worldwide are chronically undernourished and international society is working hard to alleviate poverty and hunger. Unsustainable models of development are degrading the natural environment and threatening ecosystems and biodiversity which are needed for our future food supply. Therefore, food security and nutrition will be addressed in a sustainable manner. Food systems play an important role in food security and in rural development. A food system includes the entire chain of activities related to how we grow, process, package, transport, store, market, purchase and eat our food. For food systems to be sustainable they should not do any harm to the environment and be able to secure an appropriate return to small holder farmers for their efforts.
As FAO believes sustainable food systems are the key for food security and nutrition, the theme “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition” will be the focus of World Food Day 2013 and this is an opportunity to help increase understanding of problems and solutions in the drive to end hunger.
This year, FAO Vietnam celebrates the World Food Day together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Thai Binh Provincial People’s Committee on 11 October 2013 in Thanh Tan Commune, Kien Xuong District, Thai Binh Province. The organization of the World Food Day ceremony in a commune that has achieved new rural standards helps bring out this message: Hunger eradication and poverty reduction, as well as new rural development, can, although is a hard challenge, be successfully implemented if we have strong determination and effort. On this occasion, the Award of FAO Photo Contest on “Sustainable Food Systems for Better Life of Vietnamese People” will be announced. Many other activities will also be organized during the ceremony.
Mr. JongHa Bae - FAO Representative in Vietnam, Ms. Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu – Vice Minister of MARD, Leaders of Thai Binh Province, government partners, farmers and mass media are joining to celebrate this event.