World Food Day

World Food Day is an international day celebrated on 16 October annually to commemorate the date of the founding of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945. The Idea of establishing a day for food and agriculture was discussed in the year 1979 by Hungarian Minister of Agriculture and Food Dr. Pál Romány. The idea was accepted by over 150 countries and from 1980 World Food Day was observed by various countries to raise awareness on issues concerned with hunger and food security.

World Food Day 2023

Mon , 16th Oct 2023

Many organizations like the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development utilise this day to address concerns and challenges related to agri-food systems.

Hundreds of public events and outreach activities from UN bring governments, corporates, NGOs, media, and general public together to promote worldwide awareness and action for people who suffer from hunger and the pressing need to ensure healthy diets for all. World Food Programme received the Nobel Prize in Peace for 2020 for their efforts to combat hunger, contribute to peace in conflict areas, and for playing a leading role in stopping the use of hunger in the form of a weapon for war and conflict

Every year a theme is announced by FAO- Food and Agriculture organisation of the United Nations. The theme for 2021 is “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow”. 

This year, the UN Secretary-General also is convening its very first Food Systems Summit in September 2021 to launch bold new actions to transform the agricultural way the world produces and consumes food. This is planned with an aim to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

A sustainable agri-food system is the need of the hour due to the prevailing pandemic global challenges; this system is where a variety of sufficient, nutritious and safe foods are available at an affordable price to everyone, and nobody suffers from hunger or any form of malnutrition. FAO focuses on less food wastage, more resilient local markets or food stores resistant to extreme weather, price spikes or pandemics and environmental degradation or climate change. This model infact will deliver food security and nutrition for all, without compromising the economic, social and environmental bases. This sustainable food system will lead to better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life for all on earth.

Food festivals like feeding programmes, seminars, food security conferences, forums and exhibitions are held on this day.

World Food Day festival dates between 2020 & 2030




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