World Food Day on Oct. 16 | Daily News

World Food Day on Oct. 16

World Food Day is celebrated on 16 October every year to commemorate the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The theme of this year’s World Food Day is the transformation of agri-food systems to build Better Production, Better Nutrition, a Better Environment and a Better Life, leaving no one behind.

The message of World Food Day is more critical than ever. Climate shocks, conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic have disrupted millions of lives and livelihoods in the past year, while humanitarian emergencies in Afghanistan, Haiti and other hotspots have worsened global food security.

More than 3 billion people – almost 40 percent of the world’s population – cannot afford a healthy diet. We need to change how we produce and consume our food and build more resilient, inclusive and robust food systems that create a difference.

World Food Day is a call to action. On Friday October 15, on the eve of World Food Day 2021, the FAO Director-General, QU Dongyu, together with the heads of the other Rome-based UN agencies, David M. Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), and Gilbert F. Houngbo, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will officially launch this year’s celebrations with a hybrid event to be held in Rome.

The ceremony will feature special video messages from Pope Francis and UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Professor Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, will also make a virtual address and in the afternoon a panel of speakers will hold a Dialogue on Tea and Coffee to explore the traditions and production methods that lie behind these beverages and unite different cultures.

Events will be held in 150 countries around the world to mark World Food Day, making it one of the most celebrated international days of the year and it will also be featured at Expo Dubai with activities and events calling for global solidarity in rethinking and reshaping our food systems.

For a second year in a row, we celebrate our Food Heroes through a multi-platform campaign that recognizes the farmers, producers and others who provide food to their communities - helping to grow, nourish and sustain our world.

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