Annually 6 million children die of hunger
8 December 2013
Participants at right to food and food security seminar
Each year some 6 million children die of hunger while with the existing agricultural facilities and resources in the world, enough food can be produced to feed some 12 billion people, said a University of Berlin professor on Sunday 8 December 2013.
Dr. Parto Tehrani
Addressing a seminar and roundtable discussion on the eve of Human Rights Day, entitled "right to food and food security", organized by the Iranian Association of UN Studies (IAUNS) and UNIC at UN conference room, Dr. Parto Tehrani said there is enough food in the world but unfortunately there is no food security.
She pointed out that 75 percent of hungry people in the world live in rural areas who are mostly small farmers while two third of them are women. "Therefore food security is a gender issue," she added.
"More work is needed to safeguard right to food in order to save lives", she said. Dr. Tehrani added that hunger is not just a physical problem, rather it is a damage to the human dignity.
She emphasized that food security must become a priority in the world.
Before Dr. Tehrani's speech, Chief of IAUNS Dr. Nasrin Mossafa welcomed the participants. Then UNIC Reference Assistant read the SG's message on World Food Day 2013. Also, the Persian version of SG's Human Rights Day message was distributed among the participants.
Left to right: Dr. Nasrin Mosaffa,
Professor At Tehran University and Ms. Nazanin
Ghaemmaghami, UNIC Reference Assistant
participants at right to food and food security seminar