World Food Day
October 16, 2021
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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, “Our actions are our future”, draws attention to the fact that the way we currently produce, consume and, sadly, waste food exacts a heavy toll on our planet, putting unnecessary pressure on natural resources, the environment and climate. We all must be part of the change.
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 690 million people are hungry, up 10 million since 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic could add between 83-132 million people to this number, depending on the economic growth scenario.*
- More than one-third of the world’s children are malnourished and 45% of all infant deaths are related to malnutrition.*
- Three billion people cannot afford healthy diets, while obesity continues to increase worldwide.*
- Most of the world's hungry people are found in the developing world, but over 34 million live in the developed world.*
- Food production too often degrades or destroys natural habitats and contributes to species extinction.*
- The impact of malnutrition in all its forms - undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, as well as overweight and obesity - on the global economy is estimated at USD 3.5 trillion per year.*
- Experts agree that there is enough food in the world for everyone to have enough to eat, but it is unevenly distributed.
- Agri-food systems employ 1 billion people worldwide, more than any other economic sector.*
- No other sector is more sensitive to climate change than agriculture.
*Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. 2020 & 2021