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President of Madagascar attends World Food Day ceremony

Rajaonarimampianina: "We need to find solutions in the countries of origin"

16 October 2016, Rome - Young men and women are the most affected by climate change-related population displacements, Madagascar President Hery Martial Rakotoarimanana Rajaonarimampianina said today at the global ceremony to mark World Food Day, held at FAO headquarters.

This year's theme focuses on addressing migration through investing in food security and rural development.

"If we want to change the paradigm of migration, we need to find solutions in the countries of origin," he said. 

World Food Day is being marked this year as global hunger rises for the first time in over a decade, affecting 815 million people or 11 per cent of the global population. The increase is largely due to the proliferation of violent conflicts and climate-related shocks which are also major drivers of distress migration. 

Watch his remarks following a meeting with FAO Director-General: