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World Food Day

Monday, 16 October 2017

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) celebrates World Food Day every year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. It is a chance to show the FAO’s commitment to ending hunger by 2030, one of the goals of the Sustainable Development Plan.

This year’s theme is “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.” Heighted migration patterns due not only to increased conflict and political instability, but also hunger, poverty, and an increase in extreme weather events linked to climate change have caused the largest movement of people since the second world war.

Migrants either arrive in developing countries with scarce resources or are displaced within own countries. Most migrants depend on agriculture or other rural activities to survive. Creating

conditions that allow rural people to stay and thrive at home is a crucial component of any plan to tackle the migration challenge. Rural development can assist in creating both business opportunities, heightened food security, reduced conflict over natural resources and solutions to environmental degradation all culminating in people feeling more secure in their homeland.

Investing in rural development can draw on migration’s potential to support the development and build the resilience of displaced and host communities, which can lay the ground for long-term recovery and inclusive and sustainable growth.

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