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World Food Day being observed

| Updated: November 10, 2017 16:30:22

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The World Food Day (WFD) is being observed in the country as elsewhere in the globe today (Monday).

This year’s theme is “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.

Large movements of people are presenting complex challenges, which call for global action. Many migrants arrive in developing countries, creating tensions where resources are already scarce, but the majority, about 763 million, move within their own countries rather than abroad, according to FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) 

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, added FAO.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages wished the Day and its programmes a success, a news agency reported.

World Food Day is celebrated every October 16 to mark the founding of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in 1945. Organisations in 150 countries hold events meant to “promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.”

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