Today marks World Food Day -focus on those ‘without food’

Today marks World Food Day -focus on those ‘without food’

Today marks World Food Day -focus on those ‘without food’

Written by Staff Writer

16 Oct, 2016 | 9:57 pm

One of the biggest issues a majority of people in the developed countries face is maintaining their weight and perfect shape. This also applies to some who live in the urbanised areas of developing countries, including Sri Lanka.

However, for the rest of the world, it’s a different scenario all together…

Today, October 16, marks the World Food Day.

Aside from those who are worried about maintaining the perfect shape and weight, approximately 795 million people in the world do not have enough food. At all.

The vast majority of people living in hunger reside in developing countries, with Sri Lanka housing around 20% of the country paradise’s population who are malnourished.

To add to that, one out of six of children – roughly around 100 million – living in the developing part of the world is underweight.

This years World Food Day theme is “Climate is changing, food and Agriculture must too”.

As climate change has affected Sri Lanka and many parts of the world it is important to secure food through sustainable food production and by limiting wastage of food.

Why is this important? – Over one third of all food produced globally is lost or wasted.

At the current phase, there should be an increase of over 60% in food production by 2050, which cannot be achieved without adapting sustainable food systems.

In Denmark, consumers’ are learning to waste less, while in Gambia, innovation is helping to reduce losses in the food chain. And in Bangladesh, resilient food systems are benefiting producers and the environment.

In an ever changing world, should we stick to our current food programme while wasting food? Or should we adopt to better food systems and limit wastage?

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