Partnerships key to fighting hunger, says WFP on World Food Day
Iligan City (15 October) -- To mark World Food Day on Friday, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today highlighted the critical importance of forging partnerships with Government and the private sector to find hunger solutions for conflict-affected areas of Mindanao.
WFP works closely with numerous partners in the Philippines to implement projects aimed at improving livelihoods. These partners will join WFP and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) during four days of activities to mark World Food Day on October 16, the FAO"s founding date in 1945.
"No one can solve hunger insecurity alone," said WFP Deputy Country Director Wurie Alghassim. "It takes close and committed partnerships to find solutions to problems. WFP is blessed to have so many engaged and dedicated partners in the Philippines."
In keeping with the theme of this year"s World Food Day, ĎAchieving Food Security in Times of Crisis", WFP highlighted the impact communal gardens has had on farmers in Lanao del Norte. The population was displaced by the Mindanao conflict in August 2008. The project enables people to meet their daily food requirement and comes at a critical time of high food prices.
Alghassim joined FAO officials who took WFP"s Ambassador Against Hunger, KC Concepcion, and representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and private sector partners, Unilever and Knorr, to visit the communal garden.
"Food is important to the resettlement process to enable people to get back on their feet once they return home," said Alghassim said. "Our assistance also comes at a very critical time as the impact of the economic crisis is affecting some of the poorest people, in particular those whose livelihoods were interrupted when they became displaced."
As part of the World Food Week celebrations, KC Concepcion will take part in a youth forum on hunger mitigation and food insecurity that will be held at Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT). Some 200 students from Iligan City will participate.
"It is important to involve youth in the fight against hunger," said Hunger Ambassador KC Concepcion. "If each one of us does something practical to achieve food security, we will not only help ourselves but also our Filipino compatriots. Above all, we have to be aware that hunger is a critical problem so we can help solve it." (WFP) [top]