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WORLD FOOD DAY 2021: OCTOBER 16

WORLD FOOD DAY 2021: OCTOBER 16

Context:

Every year on 16 October, World Food Day (WFD) is celebrated across the globe to eradicate worldwide hunger from our lifetime.

Theme 2021: “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow”.

About the Day:

  • The day also commemorates the date of the founding of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945.
  • The day is celebrated by many other organizations concerned with hunger and food security, including the  International Fund for Agricultural Development and World Food Programme (WFP).
  • WFP was conferred with the Nobel Prize in Peace for 2020 for their efforts to fight hunger, contribute to peace in conflict areas, and for playing a leading role in stopping the use of hunger in the form of a weapon for war and conflict.

History of the Day:

  • In November 1979, the day was set up by FAO's Member Countries at the Organization's 20th General Conference.
  • The Hungarian Delegation, led by the former Hungarian Minister of Agriculture and Food Dr Pál Romány, played an active role at the 20th Session of the FAO Conference and suggested the idea of celebrating the WFD worldwide.
  • It has since been celebrated every year in more than 150 countries.

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