World Food Day is celebrated across the globe on October 16 every year in order to mark the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. The day aims at tackling global hunger and striving to eradicate hunger across the world.
This day is also celebrated by organizations like World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agriculture Development. WFP was honored with Nobel Prize in Peace (2020), for its contributions towards fighting hunger, providing peace in conflict areas, and stopping the use of hunger as a weapon in wars and conflicts.
History of World Food Day:
World Food Day was first observed in 1945. It was celebrated to mark the launch of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. The main focus of World Food Day is to celebrate the promotion of food security across the globe, especially in difficult times like the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Food and Agriculture Organization has played a pivotal role in achieving this goal. This day also serves as a reminder of the necessity of this organization and helps to aware the world of the requirement for better agriculture policies to be adopted and executed by governments all over the globe to make sure there is enough food available for everyone.
The significant day is celebrated by more than 150 countries around the world.
Significance of World Food Day:
World Food Day is not just about celebrating the mouthwatering delicious food that we are lucky enough to eat, but it is also an opportunity to raise awareness about the people who aren’t that lucky to enjoy even one meal a day.
There are millions of people across the globe who are struggling with hunger, they do not have adequate food to survive. Starvation is a global crisis that needs to be addressed and tackled before it’s too late.
We live in a society where there are people who can manage to indulge in the finest of delicacies without any thoughts but there are also others who struggle for food altogether.
World Food Day 2021 theme:
Evere year, the authorities come up with a new theme for World Food Day, revolving around agriculture, food and investments to increase production of food products. The theme for this year has been announced as “Safe Food Now For A Healthier Tomorrow”. The theme stresses on the various immediate and long-term benefits of consuming safe and healthy food.
Last year, the theme was 'Grow, nourish, sustain. Together. Our actions are our future', while that of 2019 was ‘Zero Hunger’, with the aim of making sustainable and healthy diets affordable and available to all.delicious