Every year, on October 16th, the World Food Day is celebrated worldwide. The main goal of celebrating this day is to raise public awareness about hunger and encourage people worldwide to take action in the fight against hunger. This year, the Government of Mongolia together with UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization in Mongolia organized an open discussion among stakeholders under the topic of “Social protection and Agriculture: Reducing rural poverty” at the Chinggis Khaan hotel. Zandankhuu Byambajav, Environment and Agricultural Project Manager of World Vision Mongolia have participated in this event.
FAO study revealed that 73 countries out of 129 countries are reached their MDG goal to halve extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. However, there are over 800 million people are still suffering from hunger and 1 billion people are in extreme poverty worldwide. Most of these people (80%) are living in rural area. Therefore, it is crucial to pay attention in reducing rural poverty. Many research works emphasized the role of social protection to reduce hunger and poverty by ensuring direct access to food or the means to buy food.