Since the inception of the day, several themes have been chosen annually to bring attention to hunger and food and its effect on the lives of people worldwide.
Wasting less food, distributing food better and spending less on weapons, the pope said, would mean fewer people would go hungry and fewer would feel forced to emigrate in search of the means of a dignified existence. "The most important thing is to ensure food security for such a huge population", she said while speaking at an global seminar on World Food Day-2020. It is estimated that an additional 130 million people are facing acute food insecurity due to COVID-19 in 2020.
Tallen, who spoke through her representative and Director, Child Development of the Ministry, Jummai Mohammed, maintained that nutrition must be part of ongoing COVID-19 prevention strategies to build the resilience of individuals and communities.
However, hunger, poverty, and an increase in extreme weather events related to climate change are other important factors contributing to the migration challenge.
Also, the Action Against Hunger and Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), has urged the government at all levels to prioritize the food and nutrition needs of the poorest and most vulnerable households in Nigeria by expanding and improving emergency food assistance and social protection programmes. He said reforms are being done continuously in India which shows its commitment towards Global Food security.
"We need to rely on markets as an integral part of the global food system". Nearly every activity is now being viewed in the lens of the pandemic and though it has proven one of the greatest challenges in modern society, we can confidently say that many people of the world have responded brilliantly to protect our fundamental needs of which include the food that we eat to survive.
Food from the sea is a clear part of the solution and now is undervalued in the global dialogue around ending world hunger and addressing nutritional deficiencies. Since 2010, the European Union has supported more than 100 million people lacking access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food through its humanitarian food assistance.
Sustainable ocean-based systems are regenerative systems that deliver food from the sea, sourced from both wild-caught fisheries and aquaculture. We are seeing the beginning of what is possible and how we can enhance food and nutrition security when we work together for more sustainable, equitable and healthy fisheries and ecosystems.
Creating conditions that allow rural populations, especially young people, to remain in their homes when they feel it is safe to do so and to have more resilient livelihoods is a crucial component of any plan to tackle the migration challenge.
He said if the gaps in the sub sector are not properly addressed, it might contribute to the global food crisis now affecting the world. "We are all responsible". These are topics worth discussing and solutions that will be needed now more than ever.