ISLAMABAD - World Food Day will be observed today (Wednesday) across the world including Pakistan with the aims at reinforcing awareness about good eating habits and necessary efforts on the part of single states to improve nutritional policies.

“Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition” is the focus of World Food Day in 2013.

According to latest data on malnourishment, in fact, (i) 1 child out of four under 5 years of age are suffering from rickets and 842 million people are still suffering from chronic hunger. (ii) 2 billion people lack vitamins and minerals; (iii)) 1,4 billion people are overweight.

Of these, 1/3 are obese and at risk of obesity-related diseases. The aim of this year is directing people attention to sustainable food systems.

Today almost 870 million people worldwide are chronically undernourished.  Unsustainable models of development are degrading the natural environment, threatening ecosystems and biodiversity that will be needed for our future food supply.

Calls for profound changes in our agriculture and food systems are becoming more frequent and more insistent. 

The official World Food Day theme - announced at the start of every year by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) gives focus to World Food Day observances and helps increase understanding of problems and solutions in the drive to end hunger.