To mark World Food Day 2011, the Romanian AWEPA Section, headed by Ms. Minodora Cliveti, organized a discussion on the impact of food scarcity in today’s world. Those in attendance included students, representatives of local authorities, parliamentarians from her constituency, press and a representative of the NGO MENOS Call to Action document issued by AWEPA was presented.
The Press Release for the event is available here.
The event took place in the PSD party headquarters in Bacau. The discussion was productive, as it shed a much needed light on an issue of which many Romanians do not have a clear awareness. To better explain the impact of food scarcity, under- and malnutrition in today’s world, Ms. Cliveti drew a parallel with contemporary Romanian society: “What many people do not realize is that the subject matter of World Food Day is linked to the way Romanians handle food in terms of malnutrition. We have very unhealthy eating habits and the unhealthy food that we eat can harm us”.
Ms. Cliveti continued her speech, presenting some hard facts and figures provided by the World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO): “There are 925 million undernourished people in the world today, more than the combined populations of the United States, Canada and the European Union.” “Undernutrition contributes to five million deaths of children under five each year in developing countries”.
Summing up the event, Minodora Cliveti added that “The discussion proved to be useful in terms of better understanding the impact of food scarcity. The attendants were impressed with the figures that I showed them and most of them were moved by what they heard because they didn’t have much knowledge of the issue beforehand.