ROME, 14th October, 2016 (WAM) — To mark World Food Day on 16th October, the World Food Programme (WFP) is highlighting the need for bold and constructive partnerships between governments, business and organisations that will create the requisite momentum towards achieving Zero Hunger and shaping a brighter future for millions of children.

“Ending hunger in our lifetimes is possible. We can build a world where everyone, everywhere has access to nutritious food, if we all work together, as partners,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “Whether in a humanitarian or developmental context, partnerships must be bold, strategic and innovative, and be measured by how they change the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people.” Innovation plays a fundamental role in ensuring that partnerships catalyse and drive change, while also rallying ordinary people around the globe to take action against hunger.

Much of WFP’s work is in emergencies, often driven by conflict, such as the current crises in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen where millions of people need live-saving assistance.