World Food Day
- Food and Agriculture Organization
(FAO) celebrates World Food Day on 16th
October every year to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030
- The aim
is to create awareness and to take action for people suffering from hunger
and to ensure the need for food security and nutritious diets
- Food production needs to be
increased by 50 percent to meet the needs of people, globally
is celebrated every year on 16th October
to commemorate the
founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations in 1945
to achieve Zero Hunger Huger by 2030.
The theme for the year 2017
'Change the future of migration, Invest in food security and rural
It addresses people to have to migrate safely and orderly, as
the numbers of people who go hungry are rising after decades of progress.
‘The theme for World Food Day, 2017 is ‘Change the Future of Migration, Invest in Food Security and Rural Development.’’
In over 150 countries around
the world, events are organized to make this day as one of the most celebrated
days in the UN calendar. These events help promote awareness and plans to take
action for those who are suffering from hunger and ensures the need for food
security and the importance of consuming a nutritious diet.
The main focus of the World
Food Day is that 'food is a basic human right.'
Worldwide, about 805
million people live with chronic hunger. Nearly, 60 percent women and about
five million children who are under the age of five die every day due to
Migration and Rural Development
Migration is the movement of
people from within a country to across international borders.
In 2016, about 815 million
people suffered from hunger worldwide due to conflicts, droughts, and floods,
according to the report of State of Food Security and Nutrition, 2017.
Most of the poor around the
world live in rural areas, and much rural youth, particularly in sub-Saharan
Africa. The people migrate when there are no productive opportunities
Facts on Migrants
- In 2015, international migrants
were about 244 million.
- One-third of all international
migrants were in the age group of 15 and 34 years and half of them were
- Most of the migrants come from
rural areas, and more than 75 percent of the poor depend on agriculture
and natural resources.
Link between Food Insecurity and Migration
Migration should not be
forced; rather it should be a choice. International cooperation should address
this issue and create conditions that will allow communities to live in peace
and prosper in their homelands.
Agriculture and rural
can address the causes of migration
like rural poverty, food insecurity, unemployment, inequality, lack of social
protection. Natural resource depletion caused due to environmental degradation
change can also be addressed.
More than 815
million people still go hungry, despite the fact that there is more than enough
food produced in the world.
The population is estimated to
rise to around 10 billion by 2050, according to Sustainable Development Goal 2
(SDG 2). The most difficult challenge the world faces is to ensure food to the
ever growing population and to meet the nutritional needs of people all around
production needs to be increased by 50 percent, to meet the needs of the
requires a holistic approach towards malnutrition
incomes of small-scale food producers, the sustainable use of biodiversity, the
resilience of food production systems and genetic resources.
Along with food
security, women's educational status, access to clean water, sanitation,
quality health services, lifestyle, resources allocated to national policies,
programmes for maternal, infant and young child
, food environment and
culture are some of the other factors that help in improving nutritional
Facts About Hunger
World Food Day is all about Zero Hunger
- 1 in 9 people suffer from hunger,
and 60 percent of them are women.
- Nearly, 80 percent of the worlds
extreme poor live in rural areas and depend mostly on agriculture.
- About 45 percent of infant deaths
that occur are related to malnutrition.
- Globally, one-third of the food
produced is lost or wasted.
and is celebrated mainly to provide food security to everyone around the world,
especially in times of crisis. There are about 15 years at hand to end hunger
for people of all ages around the world and achieving this goal can save
"Peace is, of
course, the key to ending these crises, but we cannot wait for peace to take
action. It is extremely important to ensure that these people have the
conditions to continue producing their food. Vulnerable rural people cannot be
left behind, especially youth and women," said José Graziano da Silva, FAO
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