The Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Egypt and the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation will celebrate the World Food Day at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday 7 November 2010, under the theme of “United Against Hunger”, at the International Agriculture Center, 1 Shooting Club Street, Dokki, Giza.
The celebration will be attended by H.E. Amin Abaza, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Dr. Saad Al-Otaibi, Assistant Director-General and FAO Representative for the Near East and Dr. Abdessalam OuldAhmed, FAO Representative in Egypt, in addition to senior officials at the Ministry of Agriculture and FAO.
The theme of this year’s observance is “United against Hunger”, chosen to recognize the efforts made in the fight against world hunger at national, regional and international levels. Uniting against hunger becomes real when state and civil society organizations and the private sector work in partnership at all levels to defeat hunger, extreme poverty and malnutrition.
In 2009, the critical threshold of one billion hungry people in the world was reached in part due to soaring food prices and the financial crisis, a “tragic achievement in these modern days", according to FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf. On the eve of the hunger summit, Dr Diouf launched an online petition to reflect the moral outrage of the situation www.1billionhungry.org Today more than 1 million people around the world have signed the petition.
Source: Public Information _ FAORNE