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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, "Healthy Diets for a #ZEROHUNGER WORLD” has been chosen in an effort fight both obesity and malnutrition that currently effect one in three people world-wide.* Unhealthy eating is a leading cause in deaths from non-communicable disease as well as a major contributor to the unsustainable rise in health care budgets.
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 the types of nutritious food required for 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 820 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.*
• While millions of people go hungry, equal numbers suffer from obesity, and a further 1.3 billion are overweight*
• Most of the world's hungry people are found in the developing world, but over 34 million live in the developed world.
• A combination of unhealthy diets and sedentary life styles have sent obesity rates soaring and 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.
• 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. 2019
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 2018, be sure to visit the UN’s World Food Day site.