World hunger becomes food for thought as World Food Day is marked

World hunger becomes food for thought as World Food Day is marked

World hunger becomes food for thought as World Food Day is marked

Written by Staff Writer

16 Oct, 2015 | 8:51 am

World Food Day is marked on  October 16, to raise awareness of the challenges of addressing world hunger and encourage people to get involved in the fight against it. The theme for 2015 is Social protection and agriculture: Breaking the cycle of rural poverty – which puts the spotlight on the link between ending hunger and food insecurity by enhancing social protection, a key tool in breaking the cycle of poverty.

Education, healthcare and financial support are all forms of social protection which plays a major role in ensuring direct access to food or the means to buy food. Social protection is also essential in stimulating agricultural production, economic activity, resilience, and to encourage sustainable natural resource uses in local communities.

The 2015 State of the Food Security in the World report stated that social protection programmes play a critical role in the progress of developing countries in achieving hunger targets related to UN Sustainable Development Goals – which recently adopted “zero hunger” as one of the aims.

Yet around 73% of the world’s population has no access to adequate social protection – and the majority of these people live in the rural areas of developing countries, with many dependent on agriculture for a living.

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