Celebrating the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. The focus of the day is that food is a basic and fundamental human right. Yet, in a world of billions, over 820 million people worldwide suffering chronic undernourishment, 60% women and almost five million children under the age of five die of malnutrition-related causes every day.
It’s also important to note that while millions go hungry, 672 million people suffer from obesity, and a further 1.3 billion are overweight. We can change this.
8 Reasons Why Zero Hunger Changes the World
- Zero hunger could save the lives of 3.1 million children a year
- Well-nourished mothers have healthier babies with stronger immune systems
- Ending child under nutrition could increase a developing country’s GDP by 16.5 percent
- A dollar invested in hunger prevention could return between $15 and $139 in benefits
- Proper nutrition early in life could mean 46 percent more in lifetime earnings
- Eliminating iron deficiency in a population could boost workplace productivity by 20 percent
- Ending nutrition-related child mortality could increase a workforce by 9.4 percent
- Zero hunger can help build a safer, more prosperous world for everyone
World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organizations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
The World Food Day theme for 2014 was Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”; in 2015 it was “Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty”; in 2016 it is Climate Change: “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too”, which echoes the theme of 2008, and of 2002 and 1989 before that..
World Food Day History:
World Food Day (WFD) was established by FAO’s Member Countries at the Organization’s 20th General Conference in November 1979. 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. It has since been observed every year in more than 150 countries, raising awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger.
World Food Day Themes:
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.
Most of the themes revolve around agriculture because only investment in agriculture – together with support for education and health – will turn this situation around. The bulk of that investment will have to come from the private sector, with public investment playing a crucial role, especially in view of its facilitating and stimulating effect on private investment.
In spite of the importance of agriculture as the driving force in the economies of many developing countries, this vital sector is frequently starved of investment. In particular, foreign aid to agriculture has shown marked declines over the past 20 years.
- 2018: “Our Actions Are Our Future, Ending World Hunger by 2030 is Possible”.
- 2017: “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development”.
- 2016: “Climate change: Climate is changing, Food and agriculture must too”.
- 2015: “Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty”.
- 2014: “Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”.
- 2013: “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”.
- 2012: “Agricultural cooperatives “key to feeding the world”.
- 2011: “Food prices from crisis to stability”.
- 2010: “United against hunger”.
- 2009: “Achieving food security in times of crisis”.
- 2008: “World food security: the challenges of climate change and bio-energy”.
- 2007: “The right to food”.
- 2006: “Investing in agriculture for food security”.
- 2005: “Agriculture and intercultural dialogue”.
- 2004: “Biodiversity for food security”.
- 2003: “Working together for an international alliance against hunger”.
- 2002: “Water: source of food security”.
- 2001: “Fight hunger to reduce poverty”.
- 2000: “A millennium free from hunger”.
- 1999: “Youth against hunger”.
- 1998: “Women feed the world”.
- 1997: “Investing in food security”.
- 1996: “Fighting hunger and malnutrition”.
- 1995: “Food for all”.
- 1994: “Water for life”.
- 1993: “Harvesting nature’s diversity”.
- 1992: “Food and Nutrition”.
- 1991: “Trees for life”.
- 1990: “Food for the future”.
- 1989: “Food and the environment”.
- 1988: “Rural youth”.
- 1987:”Small farmers”.
- 1986: “Fishermen and fishing communities”.
- 1985: “Rural poverty”.
- 1984: “Women in agriculture”.
- 1983: “Food Security”.
- 1982: “Food comes first”.
- 1981: “Food comes first”.
Food Related Slogans For Students & Children
Anti Food Wastage
- Eat to live; don’t live to eat.
- Food waste, not in good taste.
- Don’t waste food, its like wasting one of the most precious things given by God to us.
- Please don’t waste food. Live simply, so that others may simply live.
- Give away food instead of throwing it away in garbage bags.
- Today’s wastage is tomorrow’s shortage.
- Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
- Someone is dying for the food you are throwing away.
- You paid good money for that… why throw it away?
- Waste not what the earth gives us.
- A nation could eat off the food we waste.
- Waste not want not.
- Use leftovers to make something else.
- If you can’t finish it, share it with a person.
- Get only the amount you need.
- Say Grace, Eat Less!
- Store food properly so that it doesn’t get spoilt.
- Enough is Enough!
- Don’t try food you never tasted before in big portions.