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Amina J. Mohammed (Deputy Secretary-General) Video Message on World Food Day (16 October 2017)
16 Oct 2017 -  Video message by H.E. Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, on World Food Day New York, 16 October 2017. Transcript ـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ Most rural migrants move not because they want to but because they are compelled by circumstance.
When insecurity looms, or when drought dries wells, kills livestock and ruins crops, people look for escape.
People like Peter, a pastoralist from northwest Kenya, who said:
“The famine has displaced people…. We have no choice but to put our hands up and ask for help. Where will we go now? It is death that awaits us.”
Despite its risks and uncertainty, migration is seen as the only option for many people to feed themselves and raise their families in safety.
The drivers are many, from hunger and poverty, land degradation and water scarcity, to an increase in extreme weather disasters linked to climate change.
All are symptoms of an unsustainable world.
The theme for World Food Day 2017 is “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.”
Climate smart agriculture can double yields, providing much-needed income for schooling and medicine.
That is the story for farmers in Honduras who, with UN assistance, have switched from slash and burn agriculture to a more sustainable system that has seen them move from subsistence to surplus.
On this World Food Day, I urge all governments and their partners to recognize the importance of food security and rural development.
Inclusive and sustainable rural development can create decent employment opportunities, strengthen the resilience of communities and reduce conflict over natural resources.
No-one should feel compelled to leave their home for lack of food or opportunity.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for collective action for Zero Hunger and safe, orderly and regular migration.
The objectives are closely interlinked -- as are all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Let us commit to act together to achieve these Goals by 2030 so people can feel secure in their own homes and homelands and look forward to lives of peace and prosperity, dignity and opportunity on a healthy planet.