Established by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of the United Nations, World Food Day is celebrated annually on 16 October to raise public awareness regarding poverty, hunger and malnutrition in the world, as well as issues regarding food safety and methods to improve agricultural productivity. This year the theme is focused on: “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.”.
During an official visit to the FAO headquarters in Rome, Pope Francis reminded everyone this morning that “all human beings have the right to, without having to part from their loved ones.” “Faced with such a goal,” he said, “the credibility of the entire international system is at stake. (…) It is therefore urgent to find new paths, to transform the possibilities available to us into a guarantee that permits each person to look to the future with well-founded trust and not only with desire.” Significantly, In the entrance hall, the sculpture donated by the Holy Father to the FAO was unveiled, depicting the small Syrian who drowned at the beach in Bodrum,Turkey. A warning not to forget.