U.N. Agencies, Leaders Stress Importance Of Sustainable Food Systems On World Food Day

“Efficient, well-managed and sustainable food systems are essential to end hunger and malnutrition as well as protect the environment, United Nations officials stressed [Wednesday], marking World Food Day,” the U.N. News Centre reports. The theme of this year’s day, which is celebrated on October 16 in honor of the date of the founding of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945, is ‘Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition,'” the news service notes. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “The key to better nutrition, and ultimately to ensuring each person’s right to food, lies in better food systems — smarter approaches, policies and investments encompassing the environment, people, institutions and processes by which agricultural products are produced, processed and brought to consumers in a sustainable manner,” the news service adds (10/16). “To mark the day, the FAO said it would hold events all week at its headquarters in Rome and around the world on the importance of food systems for food security and nutrition,” PANA/Afrique Jet writes (10/17). In a news article, FAO summarizes speeches from different world and U.N. leaders marking the day (10/16). SciDev.Net lists various key resources on food sustainability (Barucha, 10/16).