The World Food Day theme for 2008 is “World Food Security: The Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy“. Rarely has World Food Day assumed greater meaning than at the present time, as rapidly rising food prices risk increasing the number of hungry people, notes FAO’s Chief of World Food Day events, Sidaty Aidara.
This year the FAO and the National Department of Agriculture in South Africa will host World Food Day celebrations in Idutywa, Eastern Cape Province. Most of the 923 million undernourished people live in rural areas where their main source of income is the agricultural sector. Global warming and the biofuel boom are now threatening to push the number of the hungry even higher in the decades to come.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945. The day is observed annually by 150 countries.
Contact the FAO office for more information or go to http://www.fao.org/getinvolved/worldfoodday/en/