It’s the middle of October, a time to celebrate World food day, for the 35th time.
World food day is a day to highlight the challenges and achievements made in the fight to end global hunger, malnutrition and poverty and to encourage people worldwide to take action in the fight against hunger. It was established by FAO’s Member Countries at the Organization’s 20th General Conference in November 1945.
The 2015 World food day theme is ”Social protection and agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty”.
Social protection has been chosen as the theme of this year’s World food day to highlight its importance in reducing rural poverty and granting access to food or means to buy food. It can be defined as a range of solutions, often combined with each others, such as work opportunities, provision of food, money and services, that are designed to support the vulnerable and help the poor in society move out of hunger and poverty.
Today about 75% of the 795 million undernourished people in the world live in rural areas. Effective social protection programmes in such areas, where agriculture plays a vital role, include cash transfers, vouchers, insurances and in-kind contributions.
Without social protection, poor communities are at constant risk of hunger and poverty, especially when faced with a crisis or shock of any nature. By incorporating social protection programmes into national development strategies and policies, governments can provide greater income stability and ability to manage risk, thus contributing to reducing poverty and food insecurity in the longer-term.
In order to guarantee the process of fighting hunger and face this challenge, farmers are the key. It’s crucial to ensure that farmers have access to infrastructures, credit and functioning markets. Farmers also need to have access to science, innovation and knowledge, which are essential for the development of the agricultural sector.
At Agrivi, we are in a mission to help farmers improve their production with goal to increase global food production, optimize natural resources usage and reduce the world hunger. You can help too – join the global movement to end hunger. Be a part of the solution in your community and around the world, because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number is zero!