Commemoration of World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated every 16th October, to promote on a global scale the need to guarantee food security, and nourishing diets for all. This year the 74th anniversary of the foundation of the organisation is being celebrated, under the banner “Our actions are our future, healthy food for the world. Zero hunger world”.

The general aim is a communication plan to promote actions and to raise awareness on a national level regarding World Food Day this year, focussing on actions which support the fight against hunger and promote a healthy diet for all. For specific objectives the idea is to create an atmosphere of actions in favour of zero hunger through various media outlets using local players (government, civil society, international organisations, farmers, fishermen, and others) on the importance of our involvement in order to achieve healthy food for the world.

Over 800 million people suffer from hunger, 650 million adults and 120 million boys and girls (from 5 to 19) are obese, and over 40 million children are overweight; over 150 million children under five suffer impaired growth and 50 million are affected by poor diets.

The majority of the global population live in countries where surplus weight and obesity kill more people than hunger, and the various forms of malnutrition may coexist within the same place, and even within the same individual over a lifetime, and can be passed on from one generation to another.

Each year around 2 billion dollars is spent to treat health problems caused by obesity, and thousands of millions of people lack the nutrients that their bodies need to have a healthy, active life. The environmental damage caused by the food system could increase from 50 to 90%, due to a greater consumption of processed foods, meat and other products of animal origin in countries with low and medium incomes.

Of the 6,000 species of plants cultivated to obtain food throughout the history of humanity, today only 8 supply over 50% of our daily calories. We need to consume a wide variety of nutritious foods. Climate change threatens to reduce both the quality and quantity of crops, reducing harvests. The increase in temperatures is also exacerbating the lack of water, changing the relationship between plagues, plants and pathogens, and reducing the size of fish.

That is why we all need to reduce salt, sugar and trans and saturated fats, and make healthy food and #ZeroHunger part of our everyday lives.

The media have taken the key messages in order to involve all players in the commitment to achieve healthy food for the world and a #ZeroHunger Guinea. Political players and Equatoguinean society in general recognise the importance of the work of farmers, fishermen, transformers, producers and environmentalists.

The activities, begin tomorrow, with an interview with the Terra Madre Cooperative, which will also provide practical demonstrations on how to process agricultural products.

On Friday 18th there will be a mass in Malabo Cathedral, followed by a charity concert on the theme: Art against Hunger”, in the Equatoguinean Cultural Centre in Malabo, at 7 o’clock. At the event food will be required as the cost of entry, which will be donated to the Food bank.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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