The World Food Day (WFD) was established by FAO’s Member Countries at the Organization’s Twentieth General Conference in November 1979. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945. This is a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-around action to alleviate hunger.
High food prices put World Food Day 2008 in the spotlight. The cost of food is climbing. people everywhere is affected and the poorest are hit hardest. Changing weather patterns and rising demand for biofuels are part of the problem. The theme for World Food Day 2008 is «World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy»
World Food Day provides an occasion to once again highlight the plight of 923 million undernourished people in the world. Most of them live in rural areas where their main source of income is the agricultural sector. Global warming and the biofuel boom are now threatening to push the number of hungry even higher in the decades to come.
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