World Food Day: what is it for?

16 October, 2010

World Food Day started in 1979 with the Conference of Food and Agriculture Organization. By 1980, the General Assembly announced that “food is a requisite for human survival and wellbeing and a fundamental human necessity.”

 

Global Food, Agriculture, Land Use: The International Policy Challenges

Mon 4 April – Weds 6 April 2011 (WP1004)

Today, the event serves to heighten public awareness internationally and strengthens solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty through 2011.

The Wilton Park summary from the 2010 Report stated that we can learn how to feed the world with affordable food, while providing a viable income for the farmer, but business-as-usual policies, practices and technologies will not work.

A comprehensive approach to move from the ‘lab to the farm to the market to the table’ is essential.

With one billion people still hungry and hunger increasing in parts of Africa and Asia, major changes need to be made in institutional and policy environments in order to ensure appropriate rural development and the sustainable intensification of global agriculture.

The demand for food will at least double within the next 25 to 40 years, primarily in developing countries (it has been estimated that world population will increase from the present 6.8 billion to 9.2 billion in 2050) and the type and nutritional quality of the food demanded will change, with greater demand for high protein meat and dairy products.

In the United Kingdom, some policy proposals have been made in the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) pamphlet, Food 2030: How We Get There – a summary of the Government’s new food strategy. However, both politicians and the public need to make significant changes in their attitudes and actions with respect to agriculture, diet and the relevance of altruism.

At Wilton Park, Director, Robin Hart is preparing for the next Food Security global land use and agriculture conference penciled in for April 2011.  Robin welcomes early comments and enquiries via Michele Hankin michele.craig@wiltonpark.org.uk

 

Further information

Conference on How to Balance Food Security with Sustainability of Agricultural Production

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