World Food Day to be observed today
The World Food Day 2019 will be observed today with an effort to achieve food security for the people by increasing production of healthy diets.
This year's theme of the day is "our actions are our future-healthy diets for zero hunger world."
President M Abul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day.
The President in his message said different unhealthy foods are being included in our daily diets and this is increasing obesity related health risk among the people including the innocent children.
He said, "It is essential to ensure nutrition security along with achieving food autarky."
To address the nutrition security, the President said the country needs to make available the supply of safe and nutritious food. He stressed the need for including different seasonal fruits, vegetables and selective animal protein in the food menu for better health.
He urged all including the scientists, extension workers and private sector entrepreneurs to expedite the production of animal protein and cost-effective food production considering various challenges including the risk of the climate change.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her message said, "The world food day is significant as it is being dedicated to the effort on how to achieve the food security for the huge number of people across the globe."
Due to our uninterrupted effort, she said the country has been self sufficient in food production and "the number of poor and extreme poor has been significantly declining."
Now the government is working to ensure "safe and nutritious" food for the people, she added.
The Prime Minister said the people are careful about the nutritious food, while they are facing various health complexities due to lack of awareness.