Pope on World Food Day
POPE FRANCIS on Oct 16, which is World Food Day (WFD) embraced the theme of the event: Our actions are our future: A Zero Hunger world by 2030 is possible.
The Holy Father’s words came in a letter to Prof José Graziano da Silva Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation for World Food Day 2018. And they serve as evidence of the Holy See’s continuing commitment to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
According to the UN, 815 million people in the world go to bed hungry, while 1.9 billion people are overweight. World Food Day is a moment to call together governments, businesses, religious organisations, and individuals to achieve the goal of eliminating hunger by 2030.
“The annual celebration of World Food Day emphasises, in today’s international context, the needs, yearnings, and hopes of millions of persons who lack bread each day,” the Pope said. “Increasingly, there are more people who sadly make up part of that great number of human beings who have nothing, or almost nothing, to eat.
“The theme that concerns us this year, Our actions are our future: A Zero Hunger world by 2030 is possible, becomes an urgent call to responsibility on the part of all those actors who are in agreement with the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a rallying cry to wake us from the slumber that often paralyses and inhibits us.”