Rome, 16 October 2021 (dpa/MIA) – The United Nations has called for more action against hunger and the climate crisis ahead of World Food Day.
Hunger affected 811 million people worldwide last year, even though the world produces enough food to feed everyone, said Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Qu Dongyu at the opening ceremony in Rome on Friday. “This is unthinkable and unacceptable.”
Qu warned that the stakes were highest for young people. In the coming years, he said, climate change must be mitigated to fight hunger and poverty.
To do this, he said, global food production must become more efficient and sustainable. Consumers can also contribute with their behaviour.
Saturday’s World Food Day is a call to achieve global food security, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a video message.
The coronavirus pandemic has worsened the global food situation, meaning that 3 billion people cannot afford healthy food, he said.
In a message read out, Pope Francis spoke of a paradox because so many people have no access to nutritious food while almost 2 billion people are overweight.
The head of the Catholic Church called for the cold logic of the market to be overcome in the fight against hunger as its focus is only on economic benefit.
This year, the motto for World Food Day is “Our actions are our future.”
Everyone can be a food hero and contribute to the transformation of agri-food to improve production, nutrition, the environment and lives, said an FAO statement.