World Food Day is celebrated every year on 16th October to mark the formation of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations is a specialized organization that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
The first session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Conference was held on 16th October 1945. It is an intergovernmental organization present in over 130 countries. World Food Day was established by the member countries of AFO (Food and Agriculture Organization) in November 1979 at the organization’s 20th General Conference. Dr. Pal Romani, a member of the Hungarian delegation and the then Minister of Agriculture and Food, was instrumental in the 20th General Conference of the AFO and proposed the idea of launching the World Food Day-WFD worldwide.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has played an important role in making the initiative World Food Day possible and fulfilling its goal. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ensures food security by developing ways of growing food that will work in the future so that millions of people don’t go hungry. It works with governments and partners to empower some of the world’s most marginalized people to end rural poverty.
The Theme for World Food Day 2021 is “Our actions are our future- Better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life”.
As a result of globalization and urbanization and income growth, there have been changes in our diet and eating habits. We have moved from seasonal, mainly plant-based, and fiber-rich dishes to diets that are high in refined starches, sugar, fats, salt, processed foods, meat, and other animal-sourced products. Less time is spent preparing meals at home, and consumers, especially in urban areas, increasingly rely on supermarkets, fast food outlets, street food vendors, and takeaway restaurants.