World Food Day - 16 October.

World Food Day is held every year on October 16th. On this day, more than 150 countries unite to raise awareness of the issues surrounding poverty and hunger.

According to World Hunger Statistics, 785 million people across the globe do not have enough food to sustain a healthy lifestyle. The number equals about one in nine people in the world. Surprisingly, the majority of hungry people live in developing countries. Poor nutrition causes 45% of deaths in children under the age of 5. That means just over 3 million children a year die because they don’t have access to enough nutritious food.

World hunger is a complex issue. Some believe the problem is solvable. World hunger solutions include:
  • Help people provide food for themselves in a sustainable way
  • Give people in developing countries access to credit so they can create their own farms
  • Encourage individuals and businesses to donate to hunger relief organizations
  • Provide access to education, which is the best defense against poverty and hunger
  • Allow for increased government intervention
Some experts believe the answer to world hunger is much more straightforward. They believe the key to ending world hunger is to stop wasting food. The most wasted foods include vegetables, cereals, and starchy roots. These foods are wasted during agricultural production and in the postharvest storage. Food waste increases the need to produce more food. When not enough food gets produced, people go hungry.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) established World Food Day at their 20th General Conference in 1979. The date of October 16th commemorates the anniversary of FAO founding.ld, caring for the earth.

The 16th of October 2022, a Sunday, will once again serve as the day for World Food Day 2022 celebrations. The theme for World Food Day 2022 is "Leave NO ONE behind". “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow” was the theme of World Food Day in 2021.


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