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World Food Day

  • World Food Day is celebrated annually on October 16 across the globe.
  • It is celebrated to honor the establishment of the Food and Agricultural Organization.
  • This year marks the 75th anniversary of FAO.
World Food Day

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  • World Food Day is celebrated by organizations concerned with food security like International Fund for Agricultural Development, the World Food Programme etc.
  • This day generates awareness globally for those who suffer from hunger and to ensure the need for food security and nutritious diets for all.
  • The focus of this day is that food is a basic and fundamental human right.
  • World Food Day 2020 is devoted to highlighting food and agriculture as an important part of COVID-19 response.
  • PM will also be launching a commemorative coin to mark the special day.
  • The theme of World Food Day 2020 is “Grow, nourish, sustain. Together. Our actions are our future.”
  • The theme of World Food Day 2019 was “Our Actions are Our Future. Healthy Diets for A #Zero Hunger World.”
  • Due to globalization, urbanization and income growth, our diets and eating habits are changed.
  • Instead of seasonal, fiber-rich food and plant-based food we are shifted to refined, starches, sugar, fats, salt, processed food, meat etc.
  • It has been observed that in urban areas time spent for cooking is less because people these days rely on ready-made food, supermarkets, fast food, street food etc.
  • Due to unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles obesity in people is increasing in developed, low-income countries.
  • According to FAO data, 670 million adults and 120 million girls and boys of the age group 5 to 18 years are obese and 40 million children under 5 are overweight.
  • Around 820 million people suffer from hunger.
  • The member countries of FAO established World Food Day in November 1979 at the organization՚s 20th General Conference.
  • The members called for the observance of World Food Day on October 16,1981.
  • The decision was ratified by the UN General Assembly on December 5,1980.
  • Since 1981, World Food Day has been held every year.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of United Nations that works towards defeating hunger via international efforts.
  • FAO aims to achieve food security for all and to make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active healthy lives.

- Published/Last Modified on: March 10, 2021

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