What is World Food Day? What is the theme this year?

World Food Day. Picture credit: FAO

As the world continues to stare at an impending large-scale food shortage, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) is back with World Food Day – a celebration that aims to take the world towards #ZeroHunger.

Zero Hunger by 2030 is the goal of World Food Day. And this is reflected in all the material released by the FAO on the occasion.

Here, we take a quick look at what is World Food Day, when it is celebrated and how it looks to achieve its goals.

What is World Food Day?

World Food Day is a celebration by the FAO to spread awareness about food security across the world.

It is celebrated on October 16 every year because this was the date the FAO was founded on in 1945.

World Food Day was established in 1979, and has had a new theme every year since 1981. The theme for 2018 is: “Our actions are our future.”

The #ZeroHunger Goal

The ultimate goal of World Food Day, obviously, is Zero Hunger. But what exactly does that entail?

According to the FAO official website: “Zero Hunger is at the heart of FAO’s mandate as we work to ensure that people have access to enough high-quality food to lead active and healthy lives. FAO collects, analyses and disseminates data that aids development and works with countries both to devise and implement policies that take into account the multifaceted elements of Zero Hunger.”

The website adds: “Zero hunger means working together to ensure everyone, everywhere, has access to the safe, healthy and nutritious food they need. To achieve it, we must adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, work with others, share our knowledge and be willing to help change the world – for the better.”

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