October 16, 2021
The first World Food Day was first celebrated across the globe on October 16, 1962. To further promote the importance of food and the need for fair distribution, World Food Day is commemorated every year on October 16. The day was chosen to commemorate the date on which the United Nations General Assembly had approved a resolution designating October 24 as World Food Day in 1945. Some countries observe the day by holding food festivals and awareness campaigns. Other countries hold debates and discussions on how to improve food quality and safety in their regions.
History of World Food Day
World Food Day was established by the FAO, an organization based in Rome. They chose October 16 because it is the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945. FAO is made up of member countries that work together to improve food security and nutrition on a global scale. In November 1979, members met at the 20th General Conference to vote on establishing WFD. The Hungarian delegation played a huge role in getting the initiative started. Since then, the WFD has been observed in more than 150 countries every year. It’s the most widespread organization that helps raise awareness and knowledge of the problems and reasons behind hunger and poverty.
Why World needs World Food Day
The reason for World Food Day is to secure and advance food security across the world. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization has played a significant role in securing this goal.
The annual celebration of World Food Day represents the significance of the Food and Agriculture Organization. The UN’s World Food Day is a day for people to come together and discuss the need for improved agriculture and food policies. It also helps in raising awareness about the global hunger problem.
The theme for this year has not been revealed yet, but in 2019 it was “Zero Hunger” to help everyone have access to food. The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) states that in recent decades, urbanization, globalization, and the rise of disposable income have led to changes in eating habits.
Even though agriculture is highly important and one of the major driving forces in the economies of various developing countries, it often lacks investment. In specific, foreign aid to agriculture has shown remarkable declines in the past 20 years. Food and its security are of utmost importance to every country worldwide. Government organizations and private institutes should partner to organize events, debates, discussions, etc. on World Food Day to raise awareness of the public about crisis security and how much importance agriculture has for growing food. World Food Day provides a perfect platform for creating this awareness.
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