Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to Feeding the World – the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) theme for World Food Day 2012 – is a call to the people of the developed world to make the global fight against hunger a major priority.
This year’s theme critically examines how cooperatives put people at the center of their operations and in doing so help their members achieve shared social, cultural and economic aspirations. The conference will also explore the theme of farmers acting collectively to take better advantage of market opportunities and lessen the negative effects of food insecurity and other crises.
World Food Day is marked each year on 16 October, the day on which the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was founded in 1945.
The aim of the Day is to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world. Additional objectives of World Food Day are to:
- Encourage attention to agricultural food production and to stimulate national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end;
- Encourage economic and technical cooperation among developing countries;
- Encourage the participation of rural people, particularly women and the least privileged categories, in decisions and activities influencing their living conditions;
- Promote the transfer of technologies to the developing world; and
- Strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development.
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