Friday, October 16, 2015

World Food Day 2015

Indian Development Foundation organized World Food Day Awareness Rally for 2015 at Marina Beach, Chennai on the 16th of October 2015.

Mr. M. Sivaraman, IAS (Retd), former Union Revenue Secretary flagged off rally and appealed to the participants not to waste food but feed the hungry. 

Students and volunteers from the following schools/ institutions participated at the World Food Day Awareness Rally.

Kendriya Vidyalaya No.2, Madambakkam,
SBOA School and Junior College, Anna Nagar,
Sivanthi Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Ramapuram,
Shanthi Anand Vidyalaya, Chrompet,
Stella Maris College,
Ethiraj College,
Madras School of Social Work,
C. S. I. Nursing College and
Billroth Nursing College

Team from GREMALTES Hospital also participated in the rally.

Mr. Sreeram, Mr. Sathyamurthy, Mr. Navaneethakrishnan, Mrs. Rajammal and IDF Social Ambassadors co-ordinated the entire rally and spoke to the participating students.

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Here is a Message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

This year's observance of World Food Day follows the landmark adoption by world leaders of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including a set of 17 goals to guide our work towards a future of dignity and prosperity for all on a healthy planet.

How we choose to grow, process, distribute and consume the food we eat has a profound effect on people, planet, prosperity and peace. Delivering on the promise of the 2030 Agenda will not be possible without rapid progress towards ending hunger and undernutrition. In the same way, delivering on the commitment to end hunger forever, for all people, will not be possible without major gains across the new Agenda.

Sustainable Development Goal 2 summons us to "end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture". The world has achieved important progress; since 2000, the proportion of undernourished people has declined by nearly half. At the same time, in a world where nearly a third of all food produced is lost or wasted, and where we produce enough food to feed everyone, almost 800 million people still suffer from hunger. The path out of poverty is proving to be too slow for too many.

The theme for World Food Day 2015 -- Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty -- highlights the crucial role of cash transfers, insurance, pensions and other social protection programmes in enabling vulnerable people to better manage risks and build profitable livelihoods.

The Zero Hunger Challenge that I launched in 2012 underscores the need for national leadership in tandem with wide-ranging multi-stakeholder partnerships. Ending hunger is everyone's responsibility. Farmers, scientists, international organizations, activists, businesses and consumers all have a role to play. Building inclusive, resilient and sustainable food systems also demands that we empower women farmers, provide opportunities for young people and invest in smallholder farmers.

Hunger is more than a lack of food - it is a terrible injustice. On World Food Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to work together to end to hunger in our lifetime.

Don't waste food - feed the hungry.

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