Written by Meghan Filbin, Marketing Intern – What’s better than food? A whole day devoted globally to it! World Food day is celebrated every year on October 16 by more than 150 countries on behalf of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The origin behind the day is to increase awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger. Each year, they select a new theme to emphasize a current problem needed for action.
World Food Day began in 1979 and the first theme emerged in 1981 with “food comes first”. From 1982 on, they have chosen a new theme each year. Most of the themes revolve around agriculture because this is the core investment that will fix our current problems with poverty and hunger. Some examples of previous year’s themes include:
- 1990 – Food for the Future
- 1994 – Water for life
- 1998 – Women feed the world
- 2000 – A millennium free from hunger
- 2003 – Working together for an international alliance against hunger
- 2007 – The right to food
- 2013 – Sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition
- 2016 – Climate change
For 2017, the theme is change for the future of migration, invest in food security and rural development. This will be celebrated through many events across the globe funded by organizations such as World Food Prize, World Food Programme, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Food and Agriculture Organization, and many more.
There are countless events from thousands of sponsors that occur across the countries for World Food Day, all unique from each other, while still attaining to the chosen theme of the year. Some examples of events in the United States are Sunday Dinners that Oxfam America sponsors in collaboration with other non profits. In Europe there are many media promotions and events; one example is in Hungary they have renowned experts give presentations in the Hungarian Agricultural Museum. The Popes in years past have also sent out an annual message on World Food Day. In Chad, Africa, they host debates, conferences, and other various activities such as films, and folk dances.
These are just a few examples of the events occurring in only three countries to learn more about World Food Day and the events that are coming up this October go to www.fao.org/world-food-day/2017/home/en/.
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