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World Food Day

  • 16 Oct 2019
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World Food Day is observed annually on October 16 to address the problem of global hunger.

  • The theme for 2019 is ‘Our Actions are our Future; Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World’.
    • Achieving Zero Hunger is not only about addressing hunger, but also nourishing people while nurturing the planet.
  • It emphasizes the Second Sustainable Goal (SDG 2) i.e. Zero hunger.
  • The initiative aims to eradicate hunger as well as to address all types of malnutrition including obesity.
    • According to the Global Burden of Disease Study (2017) by the University of Washington, malnutrition is among the leading causes of death and disability in India.
    • The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that about 14.5% of the total population of India are undernourished.
    • The Global Hunger Index 2018 ranks India 103 out of 119 countries on the basis of three leading indicators:
      • The prevalence of wasting and stunting in children under five years of age.
      • Child mortality rate under five years of age
      • The proportion of undernourished in the population.
  • World Food Day, 2019 calls for action across sectors to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone.
    • At the same time, it aims to make everyone aware of nutritious dietary habits.

Source: TH

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