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UN chief Ban bats for world of zero hunger and free from poverty on World Food Day
The UN-established World Food Day (WFD) is being celebrated today around the world on 16 October with the theme "Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too" in honour of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945.

The day is celebrated by all the member states including India as well as many other organisations concerned with food security.

On the occasion of WFD-2016, the UN chief Ban Ki-moon said that as the global population expanded, there was a need to satisfy an increasing demand for food.  He also expressed his worry about the record-breaking temperature changes, rising sea levels and more frequent and severe droughts and floods caused by climate change are already affecting ecosystems, agriculture and society's ability to produce the food we need.

He also showed concern for the most vulnerable people were the world's poorest and 70 per cent of whom depended on subsistence farming, fishing or pastoralism for income and food.

"On this World Food Day, we highlight the close link between climate change, sustainable agriculture and food and nutrition security with the message that 'The climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too'.  Without concerted action, millions more people could fall into poverty and hunger, threatening to reverse hard-won gains and placing in jeopardy our ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

"On this World Food Day, I urge all Governments and their partners to take a holistic, collaborative and integrated approach to climate change, food security and equitable social and economic development. The well-being of this generation and those to come depends on the actions we take now. Only by working in partnership will we achieve a world of zero hunger and free from poverty, where all people can live in peace, prosperity and dignity," he appealed.

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