FAO Director-General addresses World Food Day

José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General also believes it is still possible to achieve this goal.

Speaking at today’s (Tuesday) World Food Day Ceremony and the first High-Level Panel on Zero Hunger, Graziano da Silva said the Zero hunger concept cannot be left to die given the staggering statistics on world hunger and malnutrition.

He says hunger is the worst manifestation of malnutrition that a human being can face. In fact the Director-General says majority of the world’s population is affected by Micro nutrient deficiency.

On the other hand obesity is quickly becoming a growing health concern.

The Director-General says it is affecting developed and developing nations. He described it as the globalisation of obesity which is among the world’s most costly problems.

FAO Goodwill Ambassadors for Nutrition, the King of Lesotho His Majesty King Letsie III also focused on the challenges of obesity says 3.5 to 4.5 billion US dollars a year is spent combating obesity.

According to the King, in the last 40 years, the number of obese school age children and adults has risen from 11 million to 124 million people.

He called on government around the world to implement urgent and renewed policy commitments to change the food environment.