Today, October 16th, is World Food Day.
Yes, as you know, we love & appreciate good food and enjoying visiting new restaurants and experiencing in new cuisines, which is allllllll true… but today is not about that.
It is about bringing awareness of people all around the world, especially those less fortunate, who are hungry or are malnourished, as they may not know when their next meal would be or where their next meal may come from. It is about making aware, teaching and encouraging everyone to play their part in the eradication of world poverty. It is about thinking about our brothers and sisters throughout the world, and doing our part in one way or another, to help. The right to food is a basic human right! Yet there are hundreds of million people around the world that go hungry every year.
Here are some facts about today, awareness to World Food Day:
What is World Food Day?
Hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Food Day’s main aim is to bring continued awareness of hunger and malnutrition around the world. The FAO is a “mechanism through which its Member Countries could deal with a set of problems (focus on hunger problems) that are of major concern to all countries and all people“.
The 2014 data from the UN FAO “State of Food Insecurity in the World” [YouTube segment here] identifies about 805,000,000 people around the world, as being chronically hungry.
What are the Objectives for World Food Day?
According to the FAO website, the objectives are to:
- encourage attention to agricultural food production and to stimulate national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end;
- encourage economic and technical cooperation among developing countries;
- encourage the participation of rural people, particularly women and the least privileged categories, in decisions and activities influencing their living conditions;
- heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world;
- promote the transfer of technologies to the developing world; and
- strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development.“
This Year’s Theme:
Each year, the FAO chooses a theme for this awareness.
This year’s theme is “Family Farmers – Feeding the world, caring for the earth“
As the theme indicates and is explained by the FAO, awareness is being made to “the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas“.
According to the United Nations website, it is also the International Year of Family Farming.
Let’s do our part today by making any contribution or gaining and sharing an awareness in the fight against hunger.
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