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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, “Change the future of migration - Invest in food security” has been chosen to highlight the role hunger plays in causing more people to flee their homes than at any time since the Second World War.
It is hoped that students and teachers will mark World Food Day by participating in classroom activities that explore key food –related issues and take action to support those who do not have physical and/or economic access to enough nutritious food to lead healthy lives.
WHY GET INVOLVED IN WORLD FOOD DAY?
• Food is vital to human survival and well-being. Access to food is a fundamental human right
• Today there are more than 870 million chronically undernourished individuals worldwide.*
• More than one-third of the world’s children are malnourished and 45% of all infant deaths are related to malnutrition.*
• Most of the world's hungry people are found in the developing world, but over 34 million live in the developed world.
• School Boards across Canada are re-thinking food choices in an effort to battle poor nutritional habits among children.
• Experts agree that there is enough food in the world for everyone to have enough to eat, but it is unevenly distributed.
• No other sector is more sensitive to climate change than agriculture.
• Soil degradation, chronic water shortages, inappropriate agricultural policies, and population growth continue to threaten food production in many countries.
• There are 570 million farms world-wide of which 500 million are family owned**
• Family farms are responsible for more than 70% of all food production**
*Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. 2017
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 2017, be sure to visit the UN’s World Food Day site.