World Food Day 2023: Theme, History, Objective, and Activities

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Every year, people around the world come together on 16 October to commemorate the World Food Day. This day is dedicated to spreading awareness about the importance of food and global hunger. World Food Day is celebrated across 150 countries and in 50 languages, and this makes the event, one of the most celebrated international days in the UN Calendar. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations founded this day in 1979. This occasion offers an opportunity for each and every individual to raise their voice for the production, distribution, consumption, and wastage of food worldwide. Stay tuned and keep reading this blog post to learn about the history, theme, and objective of celebrating World Food Day!

DayWorld Food Day
Date16 October 2023
Founded byFood and Agriculture Organization (FA0)
Theme“Water is food, water is life.”
PurposeRaise awareness about global hunger, support sustainable agriculture practices, and promote food security

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Source: YT – FAO

World Food Day History

The Food and Agriculture Organization was established in 1945. To honor the foundation of FAO, the United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization commemorated World Food Day in November 1979 at the 20th General Conference. All the member countries agreed to celebrate 16 October as World Food Day and they proposed it on 16 October 1981.

The decision to celebrate this special day was later endorsed by the UN General Assembly on 5 December 1980. This has led various organizations and governments at a global level, to participate in and celebrate World Food Day and spread awareness about the importance of food.

World Food Day Theme 2023

The theme for this year’s World Food Day is “Water is Food, Water is Life.” Leave NO ONE Behind. Food is the main source of life on earth. However, FAO has focused on the importance of water in the agriculture sector.

Water is the most important natural resource on earth that covers a major part of the earth’s surface. 50% of our body constitutes water, water is used in the production of food.

The amount of drinking water is limited on earth and this creates an alert situation for the entire world. Water will eventually affect the quality and quantity of food produced. Therefore, the theme of World Food Day is related to water and its importance because it is the main source of food and life on our planet.

Source: YT – FAO

World Food Day Activities

Here are some activities that are conducted at local, national and international levels at World Food Day to raise awareness about hunger-related issues:

  1. Food drives
  2. Awareness Campaign
  3. Educational Programs
  4. Community Visits
  5. Farm visits
  6. Food Challenges
  7. Public lectures
  8. Support farmers through refined policies

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Source: YT – UN Environment Programme

World Food Day 2023 Objective

As per an estimate, despite surplus food production in the world one in nine people is suffering from hunger due to lack of food. It has also been estimated that 70% of poor people reside in rural areas. Lack of food eventually leads to malnutrition and chronic diseases.

According to FAO, 670 million adults and 120 million children of age group, 5 to 18 years are suffering from obesity. This is because people are shifting towards packed, processed, and unhealthy food.

Therefore, World Food Day is dedicated to spreading awareness among people worldwide about the need for balanced, nutritious diets. This day is dedicated to supporting farmers and spreading knowledge about sustainable agriculture. Educating people about the eradication of global hunger is necessary to save people from dying.

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Q1. Which day is celebrated as World Food Day?

A1. Every year 16 October is observed as World Food Day. This day is celebrated to create awareness about global hunger and highlight the importance of healthy diets for all. It also puts emphasis on sustainable agricultural practices for surplus production of food crops.

Q2. What is the theme of World Food Day 2023?

A2. The theme of World Foos Day 2023 is “Water is Food, Water is Life.”

Q3. Why do we celebrate World Food Day?

A3. We celebrate World Food Day to raise awareness about global hunger, the importance of a healthy and nutritious diet, the importance of natural resources in agriculture, sustainable agriculture practices, and to raise awareness about the wastage of food.

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