Holy Father Pope Francis appealed to the international community to guarantee enough production and fair distribution of food for all and also to ensure the right of every human being to feed himself according to his needs without being forced to leave him home and loved ones. His Holiness made this call at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, where he marked World Food Day, which has its theme “Change the future of migration. Invest in Food Security and rural development” this year.
His Holiness urged governments to work together to end the conflicts and climate change related disasters that force people to leave their homes in search of their daily bread and he noted that negligence and greed over the world’s limited resources are harming the planet and its most vulnerable people, forcing many to abandon their homes in search of work and food.
Holy Father Pope Francis gifted to the UN food agency a marble sculpture of Aylan, the three-year-old Syrian toddler of Kurdish origin, whose image in the media made global headlines after his body washed up on a Turkish beach in September 2015 after he drowned in the Mediterranean Sea.