World Food Day

Date: 16 October

Organized By:UN, FAO

Categories:General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

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Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) decided to observe October 16 as World Food Day in November 1979. The UN General Assembly ratified this decision on December 5, 1980.

The date is selected as a honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945. The day is also famously known as the Food Engineer Day.

Actions and Programs

Many organizations and nations observe the day with different programs and events. They organize conferences, exhibitions and symposia on this day to observe the day. Other events include food festivals, workshops and presentations of particular issues around food production, distribution and security. Special initiatives like International Year of Rice are launched on this occasion.

Sponsored programs like dinner with celebrities, sports events, charity auctions, concerts, marches etc are conducted to raise money. All the programs are aimed at raise awareness of problems in food supply and distribution and to raise money to support projects to aid in the cultivation of food plants and the distribution of food. Some programs like World Food Program and the International Fund for Agricultural Development are conducted with the concern of food security.


2016: Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too

2015: Social protection and Agriculture

2014: Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth

2013: Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition

2012: Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world

2011: Food prices – from crisis to stability

2010: United against hunger

2009: Achieving food security in times of crisis

2008: World food security: the challenges of climate change and bio-energy

2007: The right to food

2006: Investing in agriculture for food security

2005: Agriculture and intercultural dialogue

2004: Biodiversity for food security

2003: Working together for an International alliance against hunger

2002: Water: source of food security

2001: Fight hunger to reduce poverty

2000: A millennium free from hunger

1999: Youth against hunger

1998: Women feed the world

1997: Investing in food security

1996: Fighting hunger and malnutrition

1995: Food for all

1994: Water for life

1993: Harvesting nature’s diversity

1992: Food and nutrition

1991: Trees for life

1990: Food for the future

1989: Food and the environment

1988: Rural youth

1987: Small farmers

1986: Fisherman and fishing communities

1985: Rural Poverty

1984: Women in Agriculture

1983: Food Security

1982: Food comes first

1981: Food comes first



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