World Food Day

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World Food Day
 
The World Food Day is celebrated on 16 October and it promotes global awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all. This annual celebration raises awareness of the crucial need for successful agriculture policies that should be implemented by governments across the world in order to ensure ample food availability for everyone.
 
Every time we eat, we participate in the system. Hence, achieving Zero Hunger is not only about addressing hunger, but also nourishing people, while nurturing the planet. The theme of the World Food Day 2021 is “Our actions are our future: Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life”. It calls for action across sectors to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone. At the same time, it calls on everyone to start making food systems more resilient and robust for everyone.
 
The food we choose and the way we produce, prepare, cook and store it make us an integral and active part of the way in which an agri-food system works. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything and is threatening the food security and nutrition of millions of people around the world. Hence, this year, FAO is also celebrating the ‘Food Heroes’ and raising awareness about the impact of our food choices.
 
At the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), we explore new ways for dialogue and advocacy in areas needed for action and contribute with recommendations to amend policies that would foster the sustainable production of affordable nutritious foods and promote farmer participation. We believe rural development can address factors that compel people to move by creating business opportunities and jobs for young people that are not only crop-based but sustainable for our society and more. Our future food systems need to provide affordable and healthy diets for all and decent livelihoods for food system workers, while preserving natural resources and biodiversity and tackling other challenges as well. We urge young people to take a moment to share their gratitude for the food they eat and the people who produce it.
 
There is a need to forge consensus on new actions to transform the way the world produces and consumes food, with an aim to get back on track to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Together we can defeat hunger and build a world where everyone can work and live in dignity.