Africa Day of Food and Nutrition Security Date in the current year: October 30, 2016

Africa Day of Food and Nutrition Security The economy of many African countries totally depend on agriculture, but many people have nothing to eat and starve to death. Annual observation of Africa Day of Food and Nutrition Security on October 30 attracts public attention to this problem.

The main objective of many African states is to reduce poverty, eradicate food insecurity and severe under nutrition. Regarding this, African Union heads of states gathered in July 2003 in Maputo, Mozambique to proclaim and sign the Declaration on the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program. The declaration obliged the governments to find solutions of starvation and malnutrition related problems in their countries. But despite the declaration, the situation continued to worsen. In 2012, only a few countries of the continent witnessed a slight improvement in this sector.

In October 2010 the African Union Summit in Kampala, Uganda, designated October 30 to be Africa Day of Food and Nutrition Security. This observance was established to attract new commitments to achieve the ultimate goal of ending hunger in Africa. Currently the governments of African states do their best to end hunger by 2025, this goal was declared during the famous meeting on June 30-July 1 in Addis, Ethiopia.

Every year AU Summit chooses a special theme to organize various events and highlight the most important issues of hunger in Africa. The events facilitate strengthening country's engagements to secure food and nutrition agenda and consolidate political commitments to end hunger.

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