World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. On October 16, people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero.
Why care about hunger?
- Because the right to food is a basic human right. In a world of plenty, 805 million people, one in nine worldwide, live with chronic hunger.The costs of hunger and malnutrition fall heavily on the most vulnerable.
- 60% of the hungry in the world are women.
- Almost 5 million children under the age of 5 die of malnutrition-related causes every year.
- 4 in 10 children in poor countries are malnourished damaging their bodies and brains
Every human being has a fundamental right to be free from hunger and the right to adequate food. The right to adequate food is realized when every man, woman and child has the physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement. The world produces enough food to feed every person on the planet.
- Because the cost of neglect is too high. No one in the world should have to experience hunger. In addition to the cost of human suffering, the world as a whole loses when people do not have enough to eat. Hungry people have learning difficulties, are less productive at work, are sick more often and live shorter lives.
The cost to the global economy because of malnutrition is the equivalent of US$3.5 trillion a year. Hunger leads to increased levels of global insecurity and environmental degradation. Ending hunger is not just a moral imperative, but also a good investment for society.
- Because it can happen to anyone.
Globally, extreme climate events, war, or even financial crisis can dramatically affect a person’s ability to feed themselves and their families. Without social safety nets, resiliency measures and good policy in place, these small and large events can set off a cycle of hunger and poverty.
We at University of South Asia also celebrated WORLD FOOD DAY on the 16th October, 2015. The Faculty of Nutrition Sciences, Department of Health Sciences organised a ‘Poster Competition’ in celebration of the WORLD FOOD DAY, where students participated and put on paper their own view and philosophy on the importance of food and hunger. Students participated not only individually but also in groups. Students not only showed interest and participated with zeal, but also with their creativity portrayed their own way of fight against hunger. Dr.Shafkat Ali Beg, Vice Chancellor, University of South Asia, graced the event with his presence and judged the competition along with Dr. Ahsan Javed, Head of Department of Health Sciences. We strongly believe in supporting and celebrating this day;
‘Because we can end hunger in our lifetime. It’s possible’