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World Food Day: 16 October

World Food Day: 16 October

Every year 16th October is observed as the World Food Day, which is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger. On this day people from around the world, come together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide hunger from their lifetime.

The Theme

The theme for the World Food Day 2017 is "Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development." The theme highlights the problem of migration and the challenges posed by this huge movement of man due to increased conflict, political instability, hunger, poverty, and an increase in extreme weather events linked to climate change. This calls for global action to invest in food security and rural development.

Three-quarters of the extreme poor base their livelihoods on agriculture or other rural activities. Rural development can address factors that compel people to move by creating business opportunities and jobs for young people that are not only crop-based (such as small dairy or poultry production, food processing or horticulture enterprises). It can also lead to increased food security, more resilient livelihoods, better access to social protection, reduced conflict over natural resources and solutions to environmental degradation and climate change. 

By investing in rural development, the international community can also harness migration’s potential to support development and build the resilience of displaced and host communities, thereby laying the ground for long-term recovery and inclusive and sustainable growth.

About World Food Day

FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. 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.

World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.

Why Zero Hunger: 8 Reasons

  • 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 undernutrition 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.

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