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World Food Day 2019: Know all about FAO report

World Food Day is observed across the globe on October 16 every year with an aim to eliminate malnutrition and starvation.

Oct 16, 2019 10:50 IST
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World Food Day 2019 aims at providing healthy diets for a zero hunger world. World Food Day is celebrated to create awareness among masses about food security. United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) released data that says approximately one in nine people around the world are hungry.

UN Believes that if every country cooperates with each other in the field of agriculture and hunger reduction, then the problem of food grains from all over the world will be eradicated. In India, about 23% of the world’s hungry people live.

Theme of World Food Day 2019

Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has decided a theme for World Food Day 2019 - “Our Actions Are Our Future. Healthy Diets for A #ZeroHunger World." Its objective is to pay attention to food security, hunger, inequality, unemployment, environmental degradation and climate change.

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FAO official website informs that an unhealthy diet is the major risk factor for the increasing number of deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These diseases are like certain cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Major Findings of FAO Report

• According to the report released by FAO on World Food Day, about one in every three people is affected by obesity and other forms of malnutrition.
• If the situation will not change the number will be one in every two by 2025.
• As per the findings, more than 120 million girls and boys (5-19 years), over 670 million adults and more than 40 million children are suffering from obesity.
• It was also highlighted in the report that over 820 million people suffer from hunger while over 40 million children under 5 are overweight.

India Specific Findings

• In April this year, Union Minister of State for Health Faggan Singh Kulaste had told Parliament that more than 93 lakh children in the country are suffering from severe malnutrition.
• According to a report, more than 21 percent of children in the country are malnourished. Only three such countries around the world are Djibouti, Sri Lanka and South Sudan, where more than 20 percent children are malnourished.
• Rural Indians are getting 500 fewer calories, 13 grams of less protein, five milligrams of iron, 250 milligrams of calcium and about 500 milligrams of less vitamin A as compared to 1975-79.

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