World Food Day

Every ear World Food Day is observed on 16th October. It is an annual celebration that takes place to mark the foundation of the Food and Agricultural organization launched by the United Nations in the year 1945. The day is celebrated with great enthusiasm by several other organizations which are concerned with a food security such as International fund for Agricultural Development.

History of World Food Day

The aim of Food Agricultural Organization is to raise levels of nutrition across the globe, improve agricultural productivity at all levels, enhance the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy. It also aids countries changing their agricultural policy, to aid regions out of famine situations, to help implement appropriate technology and facilitate a neutral environment to discuss issues around food production.

At the FAO's 20th session in Rome, Italy, in November 1979 the conference called for the observance of World Food Day on October 16, 1981, and on the same date each year. The UN General Assembly ratified this decision on December 5, 1980, and urged governments and international, national and local organizations to contribute to observing World Food Day. World Food Day has been held each year since 1981.

How the celebrations of World Food Day take place?

Event takes place with an aim to promote worldwide awareness and actions for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food and security and nutritious diets for all.  The focus of the day is that food is a basic and fundamental human right. Yet, in a world of billions, over 820million people worldwide suffering chronic undernourishment, 60% women and almost five million children under the age of five die of malnutrition-related causes every day. On this day, attempt made globally to tackle the global hunger.

In India, World Food Day is the occasion, through which several non-voluntary organizations highlight the importance of eating healthy food and avoiding fast food in urban India. Volunteers also stage street plays demanding public consultation on BRAI (Biotechnology regulatory Authority of India) bill. It is one of the biggest dangers to our food safety as it is being proposed to promote the introduction of Genetically Modified crops in India.

Held annually on 16th October, people from around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide hunger from our lifetime.