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World Food Day: Eliminating Famine Is Key

A Research Scientist at the Food Research Institute, Mrs. Nina Bernice Ackah has admitted that though modernization and technology are helping in reducing some forms of famine in the world, much more needs to be done to completely eliminate famine in all of its forms in all parts of the world. According to her, modern technologies such as food preservation, value addition, etc. go a long way in preserving food for an otherwise would be hungry societies.

The research scientist made the observation in interview with Rite news on Monday on the occasion of world Food day. She regretted that some continents still faced hunger even in the face the struggle for ‘Zero hunger’ and ‘food security.’

“Day in, day out as we fight for Zero Hunger and food security, some continents are still facing some form of famine or hunger,” she pointed out.

Mrs. Nina Bernice Ackah recollected the essence of the day (WFD) which she said is to see the benefits of healthy and nutritious eating. She advised all to ‘let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food,’ to mean that, human beings need nutritious meal to avoid sickness and even if one is sick, food should also serve as medicine.

She further advised all to develop a habit of healthy and nutritious eating in order to avoid sicknesses or deficiency from food nutrients which she noted can help one save more since less money will be spent on drugs.

BRIEF BACKGROUND OF WORLD FOOD DAY

World Food Day is celebrated annually on the 16 of October to commemorate the founding of the organization in 1945.

Events are organized in over 150 countries across the World, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.

World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2- to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.

The Theme for this year’s celebration: Change the Future of Migration, Invest in Food Security and Rural Development.

The world is on the move. More people have been forced to flee their homes than at any time since the Second World War due to increased conflict and political instability. But hunger, poverty and an increase in extreme weather events linked to climate change are other important factors contributing to the migration challenge.

Rural development can address factors that compel people to move by creating business opportunities and jobs for young people who are not only crop-based (such as small dairy or poultry production, food processing or horticulture enterprise). It can also lead to increased food security, more resilient livelihoods, better access to social protection, and reduced conflict over natural resource and solutions to environmental degradation and climate change.

By investing in rural development, the international community can also harness migration’s potential to support development and build the resilience of displaced and host communities, thereby laying the ground for long-term recovery and inclusive and sustainable growth.

Source: Joyce Bedeley/ritefmonline.org/jbedeley9357@gmail.com

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