Understanding the struggles societies face, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has decided to observe 16th October annually as the World Food Day. The day is widely used as a channel for creating solidarity among a variety of stakeholders nationally and internationally. It is a drive for these stakeholders to work together to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, especially in developing countries where poverty is high. The day is also used as a tool to educate societies on the roots of global hunger and methods to end it.
The theme for this year's World Food Day is, "Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition". This theme focuses on finding out and achieving progressive agricultural development that has sustainability in food security for future generations. Many members of society have unhealthy diets that create health complications. It needs to be understood that it is not about the quantity of food but it is about the quality of food that people eat.
The manner in which food is handled today shows that our current food-systems will not be sustainable in the long run. Moreover, with the situation of poverty that affects over a billion people who are chronically undernourished, the lunacy in our food systems has to be called to a halt!
At the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), we believe that what we eat not only reflects who we are, but also reflects how we sustain our food systems. Concurring with this year's theme, we urge for more profound changes in our agriculture and food systems. In fact, we do understand that actualizing such preferable changes takes a huge amount of effort and supports from different parties but it still a possibility.
Each of us has the power to drive the changes in food consumption and the food system. Through choosing to eat nutritious food, agriculture sectors will eventually adjust to our eating habits and improve their systems to be more sustainable.
HAPPY WORLD FOOD DAY!