Promoting global awareness and action against hunger, malnutrition
Through food, people also have the chance to create meaningful connections. This is evident in the Filipino culture. During celebrations like fiestas, birthdays, or holidays, a wide array of food is present on the table. By sharing meals, people get a chance to talk about intimate topics and form stronger bonds with each other. Yet despite the many benefits of food, not everyone gets to appreciate a bountiful meal. Food waste continues to be prevalent in countries around the world. Another pressing issue that revolves around food is hunger and malnutrition. In the Philippines alone, millions of people, especially children, suffer from not having enough food. The most fundamental reason behind hunger and malnutrition in Filipinos is poverty. To help people understand the importance of food and become more aware of the pressing issue of hunger and malnutrition, the United Nations established World Food Day. Putting food in the spotlight World Food Day, held every October 16, marks the anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. The FAO was founded in 1945, while World Food Day was established in November 1979. The event was suggested by former Hungarian Minister of Agriculture and Food, Pal Romany. Presently, 150 countries across the world participate in the annual World Food Day. During the event, hundreds of activities bring together governments, businesses, NGOs, the media, and the general public to promote global awareness and action against hunger as well as to secure healthy diets for people everywhere. For this year’s celebration of World Food Day, the FAO aims to direct participants’ to the source of food: agriculture. The event hopes to emphasize the need for a sustainable agri-food system in achieving the goal of food security for all. According to the FAO, a sustainable agri-food system makes a variety of sufficient, nutritious, and safe food available to everyone at an affordable price. As a result, nobody suffers from hunger or malnutrition. This system leads to better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life for all. But to make sure that the common goal of a better life for all is met, the FAO’s initiative through World Food Day requires the participation of governments, the private sector, civil society, international organizations, and academia. With the theme “Our actions are our future–Better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life,” World Food Day 2021 will be again celebrated in Brussels. The theme highlights the idea of the food we choose and the way we consume it affect our health and that of our planet. #WorldFoodDay calendar of events To make the event more welcoming and to entice more participants, FAO’s World Food Day has several activities in line for people of all ages. Starting October 15, global leaders, FAO Special Ambassadors, heads of the Rome-based UN agencies, and other keynote speakers will join FAO Director-General QU Dongyu to mark the World Food Day ceremony.
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