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Another World Food Day for the Hungry World

October 16, 2011  by: Paulose  Points: 15   Category: Social    Views: 502

Another October 16 has come to alert the world that many are hungry. This year's World Food Day has is observed with the theme about "Food prices-- food crisis to stability".

         

Bharathi, a visionary poet of India, sang in one of his poems, "Burn the whole world if just one individual on this earth is starving without food." Hunger is a cruel instinct in every living being. It is so powerful that it can catapult man to any action of rage to satiate his hunger. It is nothing but nature's in-built cue to get energy for survival. But is the root cause of many revolutions and wars. Manimekalai, a Tamil epic written 2000 years ago, describes the cruelty of hunger saying how hunger can stimulate a man to throw away anything to fill up his stomach and that he will throw away his honor, prestige, character, knowledge, or any trait that is good in him to satiate his hunger.

The present food crisis is by mismanagement of food distribution

Today, the food crisis found in the modern world is not due to lack of production, but it is created by mismanagement of food distribution. The price of food commodities is mostly influenced by proper right distribution and marketing.

Food is the essential necessity of survival for every living being. Nothing starves in nature. As endorsed by the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization (UNO), "food is a requisite for human survival and well-being and a fundamental human necessity" (resolution 35/70 of 5 December 1980). In fact, starvation is man-made. The goal of food for all can be achieved only by proper management of production, procurement, preservation and public administration.

The purpose of World Food Day

World Food Day was proclaimed in 1979 by the FAO, a branch of the UNO in order to create public awareness of the world food problems and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. This day is observed on October 16th every year. This year World Food Day is observed with a motto "from crisis to stability" in order to control food prices.

From crisis to stability

It is the uncontrolled upswings in food prices that create threatening problems all over the world, especially in developing countries. Poor people are hit by this very hard. World Bank report of 2010-2011 announced that rising food costs pushed nearly 70 million people into extreme poverty. Justice in prices only can alleviate this crisis. It is the responsibility of all to look seriously at what causes swings in food prices, and do what needs to be done to reduce their impact on the weakest members of global society.

Many governments and policy makers would rather let food grains rot than feed the poor. This will increase poverty and affect the food prices. Food prices have to be fixed in a more humanitarian way than selfish commercial way. All should open their eyes of the mind to find out why grain mountains and hungry millions continue to co-exist even today.

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