World Food Day is an international event celebrated globally around the world on 16th, October to commemorate the date of the founding of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and to highlight the importance of food security. It is celebrated across the world to acknowledge the contributions of the food and dairy sector to sustainability, economic development, farmer’s welfare, livelihood, and nutrition.
The first-ever World Food Day was celebrated in the year 1945, when United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was born. It is celebrated worldwide by various other organizations like World Food Programme and International fund for agricultural developments to raise awareness about issues behind poverty and hunger and ensure the need for food security and nutritious diets for all.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has it headquarter situated in Italy and runs various campaigns around the world to defeat hunger. Its primary goal is to achieve food security and make sure that all people have regular access to high-quality food for leading healthy and active lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. It acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. They help developing countries to modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all.
This year’s World Food Day marks the 75th Anniversary of the founding of FAO, with a view to look towards the future we need to build together. The theme for this year will be “Grow Nourish, sustain Together- Our actions are our Future.
Presently all countries are dealing with the widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, So the main objective of this year’s World Food Day will be to highlight how food and agriculture can help in recovering losses. World Food Day 2020 will call for global cooperation and solidarity to help the most vulnerable to recover from the crisis. It will call on countries to build back better by making food systems more resilient and robust so they can withstand increasing volatility and climate shocks, deliver healthy and sustainable diets for all, and decent livelihoods for food system workers.
World Food Day 2020 will also acknowledge the efforts of the people involved in various stages of food supply chain system like food production, harvesting, packaging, storage, and transportation for meeting the demand-supply gap of food commodities.
Ways to Celebrate International Food Day
1) If you are someone belonging to the food, or health and nutrition sector, then you may register your campaign/online event/ webinar on http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/themes/en/ and share your knowledge with the audience all across the world.
2) You can also enjoy this day as a participant by enrolling yourself in various online events enlisted on the above website.
3) You can also enjoy this day with your family members at home. You can involve your family member to prepare snacks, main courses, and desserts items that uses seasonal and healthy ingredients.
4) Take a pledge to learn something new about food products and avoid eating unhealthy food products and spread it among your near and dear ones.
5) As we all know Sharing is Caring and it is the best time to implement this as COVID-19 pandemic is making the lives of people miserable. It would be a great idea to donate some food packets to needy people and feed street dogs
6) You can also make this day memorable enjoying binge-watching documentaries that based on the processing of food products along with your family member with a bowl of Bhel- puri or Popcorn.