IIMSAM Middle East Office Observed World Food Day

Top Quote IIMSAM Middle East Director & Goodwill Ambassador Dr. Naseer Homoud message on World Food Day. He urged governments to boost political will and delivery on financial commitments as agreed in several conferences and submits while brainstorming on how to feed the world by 2050. He also stressed on extensive use of Spirulina for fighting hunger and malnutrition. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 16, 2010 - Observing World Food Day Dr. Naseer Homoud Goodwill Ambassador and Director of Middle East office for the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina against Malnutrition (IIMSAM), the Permanent Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council has stressed on the need to promote awareness for hungry and poor people and highlighted the plight of millions of undernourished people in the world.

    He said that global warming and biofuel boom are now threatening to push the number of hungry even in the decades to come and the climate change will affect the suitability of land for different types of crops, the incidents of pests and diseases, bio-diversity and eco-systems. He has called upon the people to adapt measures for more efficient managements. "I urge everyone including states and all other stakeholders to use this day as an opportunity to raise public awareness to the fight against world hunger and to promote universal food security", said Dr. Homoud.

    The Goodwill Ambassador indicated that the population of hungry people worldwide kept increasing, saying currently over one billion people go to bed hungry and this, according to him, is a situation on which we cannot close our eyes. He maintained that a united front was needed at the global level to fight hunger and ensure food sufficiency to people.

    "The achievement of the MDG 1-to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger- faces the risk of serious setbacks and it has occurred because of several reasons originating from global financial meltdown which has resulted in panicky price hikes that have reduced incomes and access to food of the poor, more severely those in the poorest part of globe", said Dr. Homoud. He urged governments to initiate and implement various programmes to increase food production, reduce inflation, create employment, expand social security nets and ensure food supply up to the people at the marginal level.

    Dr. Homoud said that the Billion of people, whose very lives are threatened, because they are deprived of a minimum of the necessary nourishment, call for the attention of the International Community, because we all have the duty to take care of our brothers. Hr further asserted that true global development, organized and integral, which is desired by all, calls on the contrary to know in an objective manner the human situations, to define the true causes of poverty and to provide concrete answers, with an appropriate formation of persons and communities as a priority.

    Dr. Homoud also stressed the need to take practical initiatives to fight against hunger and malnutrition in the world reiterating IIMSAM strong will to boost international co-operation in this field and contribute to achieving the objectives set by the international community, through international solidarity, to eradicate hunger and poverty. ""More than a billion people around the world do not have enough to eat", said Dr. Homoud."Without access to a consistent supply of nutritious food, people cannot hope to move further than meeting their basic needs in order to contribute to their families, communities and societies." He further added while expressing his agony on the hunger prevailing in the world of plenty.

    Dr. Homoud urged the government, individuals and organizations to support IIMSAM which has undertaken several projects of production and distribution of Spirulina to the needy peoples under guidance of His Excellency Ambassador Remigio M. Maradona Director General of the IIMSAM in pursuit of its goal to make this world free of malnutrition. "The extensive use of Spirulina in combating hunger and malnutrition is unquestionable, making it the most important dietary element in poverty reduction, ecological growth as well as livelihood development. Spreading its use is the best way to end malnutrition in the societies where hunger and poverty are prevalent to an extreme extent", Dr. Homoud said.

    IIMSAM is involved in making its all-out efforts to alleviate hunger. The project of producing Spirulina in Africa is a step in this direction. Spirulina is considered to be best alternative for the starving population of this world and "we are of the firm view that providing and making available the Spirulina to the third world countries can help us in checking hunger and fulfilling the long cherished goals of eliminating hunger and malnutrition from the face of the world" Dr. Naseer added.

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