The World Food Day is celebrated on the 16th of October and promotes global awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all. This year the World Food Day marks the 75th Anniversary of the founding of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
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. Achieving Zero Hunger is not only about addressing hunger, but also nourishing people, while nurturing the planet. The theme of the World Food Day 2020 is “Grow, nourish, sustain. Together. Our actions are our future.” and 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 COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything and is threatening the food security and nutrition of millions of people around the world. Some people are faced with long lines at supermarkets, whereas others could not buy food at all. Meanwhile, countless family meals were missed, and millions have been pushed into hunger. Nearly 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.
At the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), we explore new ways for dialogue and advocacy in areas needed for action and contribute with recommendations aimed for eradication of Hunger and Poverty. 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.
Together we can defeat hunger and build a world where everyone can work and live in dignity.