Posted by: elviraespinosa | 25 October, 2011

WORLD FOOD DAY (16th October)

Last Sunday I was listening to the radio programme “No es un día cualquiera” de Pepa Fernandez on Radio Nacional when I heard it was the World Food Day. Then, I decided to find some information about this.

World Food Day was proclaimed in 1979 by the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It marks the date of the founding of FAO in 1945. The aim of the Day is to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. In 1980, The General Assembly endorsed observance of the Day in consideration of the fact that “food is a requisite for human survival and wellbeing and a fundamental necessity”.

World statistics say six million children die of hunger every day. The FAO declares that the world already produces enough food to feed everyone -6 billion people- and could feed double -12 billion people. So with this result why are people dying of hunger? Why is FAO working so many years and this problem continues nowadays? Why have rich countries got too much food and we do not share it? Is it only a problem for governments or for all of us?

Well, all these questions spring from my brain and in my opinion we can not live giving our back to this reality. Perhaps this continues because we watch it on television and we are used to seeing it or it is far from here. Maybe we only worry about an infectious disease and this is not.

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Responses

  1. Completely agree with you, but I have to give particular importance to the goverments. In my opinion, we can do a lot of effort but if the goverment didn’t coordinate our efforts, there would not be a good result in those countries (it is not enough with the help of the NGO’s).

    A relevant detail that I read on the Internet is that 172,000 homeless people in Spain can eat during a whole year just with the food that supermarkets throw to rubbish (food and meals that they are almost out of date but already they aren’t!). That is why I tell that the goverment SHOULD coordinate this things, it is not and it will never be enough with our help…

    If someone is interested, I’ve found it in this website (sorry but it is a Spanish newspaper so it is in Spanish): http://www.diariosur.es/prensa/20061226/portada/hipermercados-tiran-cada-miles_20061226.html

  2. First I’d like to point out that “No es un día cualquiera” is one of my favourite radio programmes and I think Pepa Fernández is a lovely director and announcer as well.

    On the issue, I completely agree with you and Abel. I think it should be the strongest priority for governments to force the ending of hunger. I´m ready to be aware that, at least for now, poverty has to be there as part of this global economic system, even extreme poverty. But considering our significant technical development in food production, I think no human being should die nowadays because of having nothing to eat, by no means.


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