World Food Day is an international day celebrated every year worldwide on 16 October. The day marks the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. The day is celebrated to strengthen food security all over the world, especially in times of crisis and is also usedto raise awareness about healthy diets and what our bodies need. It lays special emphasis on the Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2) i.e. Zero Hunger.
World Food Day aims at tackling global hunger and eradicating hunger across the world. It promotes the transfer of technologies to the developing world to strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development.
In 1979, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) designated 16 October as World Food Day. Food and Agriculture Organisationis a specialised agency of the United Nations established in 1945 that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. 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 World Food Day worldwide. It has since been observed every year in more than 150 countries, raising awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger.
Apart from Food and Agriculture Organisation, various other organizations such as International Fund for Agricultural Development and World Food Programme celebrate this day.
The theme for the year 2021 is “Our actions are our future- Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life”.
The number of events, from marathons and hunger marches, to exhibitions, cultural performances and contests are held across the world organized on World Food Day. At Food and Agriculture Organisation, various programmes are organized.
In India, some families preserve food and distribute it to the needy and poor.