October 16th, World Food Day
The day also commemorates the founding of the FAO on October 16, 1945.
This year the focus is on volatile food prices and their impact on vulnerable populations.
The increase in food prices in 2010-2011 alone, threw nearly 70 million people into extreme poverty.
And often, as now in the Horn of Africa, a cluster of factors combines to render prices volatile. Insecurity and climate change exacerbate the speculative process.
Most recently, the case of Yemen recalls the urgent problems of food insecurity: in fact, on Wednesday, October 12, the World Food Programme (WFP) expressed its deep concern over the deteriorating situation in the country caused by the combination of fuel shortages, political instability, and rising food prices.