World Food Day is celebrated every year worldwide on 16th October in remembrance of the founding of Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945. This day is a global observance and not a public holiday.
The primary focus of this day is to promote actions for those who suffer from hunger and to eradicate hunger across the world. The day also tries to highlight the need to ensure healthy diets and food security.
What do we do on World Food Day?
The event is celebrated across 150 countries, which includes India as well thus making it one of the most celebrated days in the UN calendar. Various organizations that are concerned regarding the hunger-related issues like the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development also celebrate this day.
Money is raised by organizing events to support projects for the distribution of food and aid the cultivation of food plants. Fundraising events like charity auctions, concerts and sports events help to raise money and spread awareness of problems like in food supply.
World Hunger Facts
- Approximately 11.3% (which means about 805 million people), of the world’s population is hungry.
- Countries that have achieved greatest success in reducing the total number of hungry people are- Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Cuba, Georgia, Ghana, Kuwait, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Thailand and Venezuela.
- About 60% of the people who are hungry in the world are women.
- About 20,000 infants die every day in which at least half the deaths are due to poor nutrition.
- The world produces enough food to feed the entire population of 7 billion people, but those who go hungry either do not have the money to purchase food or the land to grow it.
- Almost 1 in every 15 children in developing countries dies before the age of 5 due to under-nutrition or hunger-related issues.
World Food Day 2020
The themes for world food day 2020 was- “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together. Our actions are our future.”
The day marked the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agricultural Organisation. It focuses on eradicating global hunger. Due to globalisation, urbanisation and also due to the rise of COVID-19 pandemic, our diets and eating habits have changed. Instead of nutritional food, we have shifted to unhealthy and processed food, meat. In urban areas the time spent on preparing food is very less because people rely more on readymade and junk food.
It is essential to have good nutrition and healthy food to stay fit and also reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
World Food Day Themes
Like every year, this year the world food day will be celebrated on 16th October 2021 which will fall on Saturday. Since 1981, World Food Day has a different theme each year to highlight areas needed for action and provide a common focus. But the theme is not decided yet for 2021.
Check out the list of some of the other previous year themes below-
– 1981 and 1982:Food comes First
– 1990:Food for the future
– 2000:A millennium free from hunger
– 2001: Fight hunger to reduce poverty
– 2002:Water- source of food security
– 2003:Working together for an international alliance against hunger
– 2004:Biodiversity for food security
– 2005:Agriculture and intercultural dialogue
– 2006:Investing in agriculture for food security
– 2007:The right to food
– 2008:World food security- the challenges of climate change and bioenergy
– 2009: Achieving food security in times of crisis
– 2010:United against hunger
– 2011: Food prices – from crisis to stability
– 2012:Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world
– 2013: Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition
– 2014:Family Farming- “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”
– 2015: Social Protection and Agriculture- Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty
– 2016: Climate change- Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too
– 2017:Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.
– 2018: “Our Actions Are Our Future
– 2019: Healthy Diets for a Zero Hunger World
– 2020: Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together. Our actions are our future
– 2021: (Not decided yet)
So, why not add October 16th in your calendar and see how you can get involved at the events in your community.