Since 1981, every 16th of October has been the day to remember that every woman, man or child has the right to nutritious and adequate food. According to FAO 795 million people in the world do not have enough food and live in hunger. As if that weren’t bad enough, if women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.
This Year celebration took place at the Expo Milano, whose main theme is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for life”. The opening ceremony was attended by important leaders such as the Italian President Sergio Mattarella, the UN SG Ban Ki Moon and the three heads of the UN Rome based agencies. Ban Ki Moon received a symbolic document named the Milan Charter, which called on citizens, associations, businesses and institutions to assume a responsible role towards the achievement of the right to food for future generations to come.
Everyone can sign this document. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel; the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the Nobel Prize Amartya Sen, all have signed. You can sign here. But beyond signing, we need to reflect. Donate to those who live in hunger. Stop wasting food. Make better and more nutritious choices that also respect the environment. As the UN Secretary General said during the ceremony “We made our promises. Now it is time for action”.