World Food Day

October 16 is World Food Day and its theme for this year is “Our Actions Are Our Future: Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World”.

World Food Day is held annually by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It’s one of the UN’s the most prominent initiatives, with events taking place in over 150 countries.

This year World Food Day focuses on the importance of healthy and sustainable food for all. It encourages us to consider the way we consume food and the evolution of our eating habits. Unhealthy eating, high-calorie diets and sedentary lifestyles have led to a global increase in obesity. This escalation concerns not only the developed world, but also low-income countries, where hunger and obesity often coexist.

According to the FAO, one in every two people will be affected by a form of malnutrition by 2025. These effects can be countered, but doing so requires commitment and action on a global scale.

Citizens, governments, corporations, farmers, and young people all over the world: everyone is encouraged to get to work raising awareness of healthy and sustainable food practices, and to inspire action helping those who are suffering from hunger.

Hundreds of events such as markets, marathons, concerts, festivals, fairs, tastings and cooking demonstrations will take place during the day. There will also be opportunities to attend conferences, debates and round tables. The FAO will share the stories and experiences of farmers, government officials and stakeholders who are involved in initiatives striving for healthy and accessible food for all.

You can get involved in World Food Day by participating in an existing event – or by creating your own!

Find out more from the FAO website

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