Each year on October 16th, the world observes World Food Day, a day to highlight the challenges and achievements made in the fight to end global hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
World Food Day (WFD) was established by FAO's Member Countries at the Organization's 20th General Conference in November 1945. The Hungarian Delegation, led by the former Hungarian Minister of Agriculture and Food, Dr. Pál Romány played an active role at the 20th Session of the FAO Conference and suggested the idea of celebrating the WFD worldwide. Since than it has been observed every year in more than 150 countries, raising awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger.
Since 1981, World Food Day has adopted a different theme each year in order to highlight areas needed for action and provide a common focus. This year we observe World Food Day for the 34th time and because it is the International Year of Family Farming—the theme for World Food Day is focused on the important role of family farmers, big and small, play as local, regional and international leaders in feeding the world and stewarding natural resources.
Not only familiy farmers provide the food we eat three or more times a day, but they care for the land, water and air we also need to live healthy lives. It should be surprising then that the majority of the world’s hungry people are farmers. This World Food Day, let’s recognize family farmers for their contribution to eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, boosting rural economies, managing natural resources, protecting the environment and achieving sustainable development.
On October 16, World Food Day, join the global movement to end hunger. Be a part of the solution in your community and around the world. Because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number is zero!