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Minister of agriculture at the nutrition conference on World Food Day

Koper, 16 October 2018 – The Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Aleksandra Pivec, today, on World Food Day, attended the opening of the two-day conference entitled "Food, Nutrition, Health". Food and nutrition constitute both a challenge and a possibility for humanity, whose future is in healthy living and nutrition. The event was organised by the EFTN network, which was developed as a result of the activities under the European Declaration on Food, Technology and Nutrition, the ECPD Institute, and ZRS Koper.

At the conference, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Aleksandra Pivec, highlighted the facts about hunger in the world on the one hand and the concerning upward trend in numbers of overweight and obese people on the other. This is mostly the result of increased insecurity of food supply and unavailability of good-quality and diverse food, she noted. There are many factors contributing to this state: climate change is certainly in the forefront, followed by armed conflicts and wars.

The changing climate and related extremes are among the key factors contributing to the increase in hunger and food supply crisis in all of its four dimensions – availability, accessibility, consumption and stability. The most affected are the poorest parts of the world. Therefore every effort should be made to better adapt to climate change.

Slovenian agricultural policy is also oriented towards rural development and sustainable agriculture. We are devoting special attention to food security and the elimination of poverty through other components of sustainable development, taking into account the sustainable management of natural resources and environmental protection.

Climate change is also one of the central development challenges faced by Slovenia, which requires coordinated measures to reduce emissions and adapt to irreversible changes in all sectoral policies. Measures for a transition to a low-carbon society are therefore essential. In the continuation of the discussion on the mid-term objectives of the EU climate policy for 2030, Slovenia requires a just and cost-effective distribution of burdens of the necessary measures among the Member States, also taking into account national circumstances.

This year's slogan of World Food Day is "Our Actions are our Future. A #ZeroHunger world by 2030  is possible." Participants at today's conference focused on the global nutrition aspect. In a month the focus will be on the local aspect, when, on the third Friday in November – i.e. on 16 November – we will mark the seventh Slovenian Food Day. Kindergartens, schools and other associated institutions will offer children the eighth traditional Slovenian breakfast, which will hopefully consist of local food.

However, whether at the global or the regional level, it is not enough merely to be aware of hunger in the world. We need to take tangible measures toward adapting and changing practices in food production and environmental protection. In this the actions of every individual count.


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