World Food Day
The United Nations declared 16th October to be celebrated as the World Food Day, across all parts of the world.
16th October is commemorated as the World Food Day in honour of the foundation date of Food and Agricultural Organization’s in the United Nations (UN) in the year 1945.
Besides Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), World Food Day is also celebrated by several other organisations such as World Food Programme, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, etc. that are associated with food security.
World Food Day is an occasion that allows every individual to share his/her concern for the poor and hungry with family, friends and the community at large.
World Food Day Theme 2014
The World Food Day theme for the year 2014 is Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”. The theme of this year has been specially chosen as it focuses on the significant role of the family farming concept to eradicate hunger and poverty, provide food security and nutrition, improve livelihoods, manage natural resources, protect the environment and achieve sustainable development, particularly in the rural areas.
The UN General Assembly has designated 2014 as the “International Year of Family Farming” with a view to throw light upon family farming and smallholder farmers. This initiative is a strong signal indicating that the international community recognizes the significant contribution of the family farmers to the world food security.
Tips to Celebrate World Food Day:
This year on 16th October, get involved in celebrating World Food Day by using the following tips:
- Tell children about the significance of celebrating World Food Day.
- Distribute brochures & flyers to spread awareness to avoid food wastage.
- Encourage food sharing habits to avoid wastage of food.
- Make placemats and coasters with slogans ‘Do not waste food’, ‘Take small portions’ etc.
- Take active part in dinner table discussions on how to reduce food wastage and increase food availability.
So, let us all take a pledge in unison to stop wastage of food and try to curb world hunger.