FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945.
Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar.
These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.
World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.
It’s also a day for us to celebrate the progress we have already made towards reaching #ZeroHunger.
On 16 October 1945, 42 countries assembled in Quebec, Canada, to create the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Their goal was to free humanity from hunger and malnutrition, and to effectively manage the global food system more information on FAO’s origin is available here.
THEME FOR THIS YEAR WOLD FOOD DAY
FAO has official announced the 2017 World Food Day WFD theme. The theme will focus on the link between migration, food security and rural development. This year’s theme is “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development”. This highlights how by addressing some of the root causes of migration,we contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 2, Zero Hunger, harness migration’s potential to support development, and build the resilience of displaced and host communities, thereby laying the ground for long-term recovery and inclusive and sustainable growth.
WFD 2017 Contest On another note, FAO has also announced the WFD 2017 contest. This contest is a long-established educational, arts-based outreach project for children and young people across the globe.
Since its launch in 1991, the FAO WFD contest has inspired hundreds of thousands of youngsters from all over the world.
The contest offers an exciting opportunity for children and young people to use their creativity and their curiosity to address issue that matter for the future of the planet and the welfare of its inhabitants.