WORLD FOOD DAY

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If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one -Mother Teresa

There is sufficient land to grow food in the world for everyone, yet we continue to be caught in food crisis.

Family farming is inextricably linked to national and global food security, both in developing and developed countries. Family farming is the major form of agriculture in the food production sector which is run by family and includes all family-based agricultural activities. It is greatly linked to several areas of rural development.

World Food Day was initially held on 16th October 1981. This day is, then, celebrated on the 16th of October every year around the world in honor of the date when the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations was founded in 1945. It is also the Food Engineer day and has been observed in more than 150 countries, raising awareness of the issues pertaining to Hunger and Poverty.

The global crisis of hunger is, today, most recognized issue, remaining the continual fight against hunger as world top prioritized mission. As for this year, the theme selected is on “Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth”. This theme has been chosen to emphasise and raise awareness of the problems worldwide and to elevate the profile of family farming and small-scale as well as medium-sized farmers. It focuses on world attention on the significant role of family in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and achieving adequate nutrition for all by managing natural resources while protecting the environment and attaining sustainable development, especially in rural areas.

At the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), we highlight areas needed for action and contribute in the recommendation for the eradication of Hunger and Poverty in accordance with the common focus stipulated by the United Nations. We aim to raise levels of nutrition across the globe, educate and enhance young people’s intellect on agricultural productivity and their understanding on its importance as well as contribution towards the wellbeing of the society, at all levels. We believe that through family agriculture, both food production and supply will be improved in the same direction with the enhancement of employment level thus reducing the rate of hunger and poverty worldwide.

Happy World Food Day!