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Tuesday 16th October is World Food Day

Run by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), World Food Day – held on Tuesday 16th October – is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger.

 

People from around the world come together on this day to work towards eradicating worldwide hunger from our lifetime. Events are organised across 150 countries, making World Food Day one of the most celebrated days in the UN calendar.

 

A #ZeroHunger world by 2030 is possible.

 

Food is a fundamental and basic human right – everyone should have access to food and a nutritious diet – yet 805 million people around the world live with hunger, and almost five million children under the age of five die of malnutrition causes every year.

 

The four main goals from the FAO on World Food Day are:

 

  • Don’t waste food
  • Produce more, with less
  • Adopt a more healthy and sustainable diet
  • Advocate for #Zerohunger

 

The FAO has also put together a promo video called, “Our actions are our future,” which they encourage people to share on social media using the hashtag #WFD2018 to inspire action.

 

The event day is about raising awareness to ending world hunger and that #zerohunger is possible by 2030 if we all come together.

 

World Food Day: Building a Zero Hunger Generation

 

As our planet changes, food production and distributions can change with it. Climate change is causing agriculture and other food security to adapt, and World Food Day aims to explore these topics.

 

The day also educates individuals on simple changes they can make to their daily habits that will make a difference.

 

This years’ World food Day will also mark the 73rd anniversary of FAO’s founding. FAO helps ensure food security around the world through development of new ways to grow food that will work in the future – meaning millions of people won’t go hungry.

 

The official World Food Day ceremony held at FAO headquarters will be an opportunity for leaders and key global players to work towards zero hunger.

 

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Over 5.5 million children under five years old died in 2016 due to malnutrition – nearly 15,000 annually.
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