MABAD (APP) World Food Day will be celebrated across the globe including Pakistan raising awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger on October 16 (today).
The theme for 2011 is "Food prices - from crisis to stability". The day is celebrated every year October 16 in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945.
A programme will be arranged on World Food Day by FAO in collaboration with the government of Pakistan at National Agriculture Research Centre.
Federal Secretary for Ministry of Science and Technology, Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar will be the chief guest on the occasion.
World Food Day (WFD) was established by FAO's Member Countries at the Organization's 20th General Conference in November 1979. It has since been observed every year in more than 150 countries, raising awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger.
Since 1981, World Food Day has adopted a different theme each year, in order to highlight areas needed for action and provide a common focus.
Most of the themes revolve around agriculture because only investment in agriculture, together with support for education and health, will turn this situation around.
The bulk of that investment will have to come from the private sector, with public investment playing a crucial role, especially in view of its facilitating and stimulating effect on private investment.
In spite of the importance of agriculture as the driving force in the economies of many developing countries, this vital sector is frequently starved of investment. In particular, foreign aid to agriculture has shown marked declines over the past 20 years.