Bangladesh observes World Food Day

DHAKA, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- The World Food Day was observed Wednesday in Bangladesh with emphasis to achieve food security for the people by increasing production of healthy diets.


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This year the day was observed under the theme "Our Actions Are Our Future."

Bangladesh President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day.

Different organizations organized various programs to mark the day.

Bangladeshi Agriculture Ministry organized a seminar and a three-day fair on the occasion in capital Dhaka Wednesday with attendance of Bangladeshi Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumdar among others.

Presenting a keynote paper in the seminar, Visith Chavasit, director at the Institute of Nutrition of Thailand's Mahidol University, said it is a long journey before foods can become part of a healthy diet and reach consumers.

He said experiences from successful countries such as Thailand show that a community-based operation is a powerful component.

Following a proposal by a Hungarian scientist Paul Romani in 1979, Oct. 16 was adopted as "World Food Day" at the 20th General Conference of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.