World Food Day 2017: Change the future of migration – Invest in food security and rural development

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Every year on World Food Day (October 16), The Hunger Project joins people all over the world to raise awareness of hunger and malnutrition and inspire actions to eliminate hunger for good. This year, World Food Day focuses on the theme “Change the future of migration: Invest in food security and rural development.” It addresses the need to build resilience of displaced and host communities.

This year’s theme emphasizes the importance of investing in rural development as an engine for long-term recovery and inclusive and sustainable growth, especially in the face of political instability, conflict and extreme weather events linked to climate change.

World Food Day is an important time to reiterate the right to food as a basic human right; that investing in sustainable food systems and rural development means addressing some of the major global challenges – from empowering the world’s growing population to protecting the global climate to tackling the root causes of hunger and malnutrition. World Food Day is also a time to remind everyone that achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals can’t happen without ending hunger and without empowering communities with the skills and knowledge to lead their own change.

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