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World Food Day
October 16, 2016

World Food Day was established in 1979 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to raise public awareness of global food issues and to strengthen efforts to end hunger and malnutrition. This year’s theme, “Climate is Changing: Food and Agriculture Must Too” highlights the threat that changing climate poses to food security. Rising temperatures and increasing extreme weather events are challenging food producers everywhere but especially in the world’s poorest regions. World Food Day is an occasion to focus attention on the need for agriculture to be included in any climate change strategy.

In this crucial year for climate action it is hoped that students and teachers will participate in classroom activities that explore food security and take action on behalf of those without enough nutritious food to lead healthy lives.


  • Food is vital to human survival and well-being. It is a fundamental human necessity.
  • Today there are more than 870 million chronically undernourished individuals worldwide.(FAO,2013)
  • More than one-third of all children are malnourished and 6 million children a year die of causes related to malnutrition.
  • Most of the world's hungry people are found in the developing world, but 34 million live in the developed world.
  • Higher temperatures and frequent severe weather events are having major adverse effects on our ability to grow food.
  • Ocean acidification, changes in sea temperatures and current circulation patterns threaten the sustainability of the world’s fisherie
  • Many people in the developing world have been forced to eat less because of the higher cost of food.
  • Soil degradation, chronic water shortages, inappropriate agricultural policies, and population growth continue to threaten food production in many countries.    
  • Farmers in the developing world gain huge benefits from agricultural cooperatives including bargaining power and resource sharing that lead to food security and poverty reduction for millions.
  • There are more than 570 million farms world wide of which 500 million are family owned*
  • Family farms are responsible for 56% of all agricultural production*

*Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. 2014

Resources 4 Rethinking encourages students and teachers to participate in World Food Day. Top R4R Picks will connect you to some excellent resources to support these efforts.

For more information regarding Social Protection and World Food Day 2016, be sure to visit the UN’s World Food Day site.