October 16th is tagged World Food Day. This international day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organizations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
World Food Day promotes global awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all.
October 16th, 2020 marked World Food Day 2020 and the 75th Anniversary of FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. This year, the theme ‘Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.’ encourages awareness of sustainable agricultural practices, celebrates the ‘Food Heroes’ who work to provide food for the world, and calls for global solidarity in ensuring adequate access to nutritious food for all despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the UN has set ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture as one of its sustainable development goals.
The FAO states that “we need to grow a variety of food to nourish people and sustain the planet” and that “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 challenges such as climate change”. Community-based approaches to develop sustainable food provision and investigate the feasibility of farming and distributing new food sources are keys to the aims of FAO.
As countries begin to develop and implement COVID-19 recovery plans, it is an opportunity to adopt innovative solutions based on scientific evidence so they can build back better and improve food systems, making them more resistant to shocks.
World Food Day calls for global solidarity to help all populations, and especially the most vulnerable, to recover from the crisis, and to make food systems more resilient and robust so they can withstand increasing volatility and climate shocks, deliver affordable and sustainable healthy diets for all, and decent livelihoods for food system workers. This will require improved social protection schemes and new opportunities offered through digitalization and e-commerce, but also more sustainable agricultural practices that preserve the Earth’s natural resources, our health, and the climate.
As the government, the private sector, and civil society strive for the need to make sure that food systems grow a variety of food to nourish a growing population and sustain the planet as well as being accessible, we as individuals, all have a role to play, from increasing the overall demand for nutritious food by choosing healthy, to not letting sustainable habits fall by the wayside, despite these shocks. Growing healthy plants that would nourish our bodies, cultivating a sustainable diet that will in turn sustain and nourish our planet are part of our individual actions. Sustainable Diets are those diets with low environmental impacts that contribute to food and nutrition security and a healthy life for present and future generations. Sustainable diet are protective and respectful of biodiversity and ecosystems, culturally acceptable, accessible, economically fair and affordable; nutritionally adequate, safe and healthy; while optimizing
natural and human resources.
Let’s Grow, Nourish and Sustain together. Together, we can eliminate hunger and sustain a planet devoid of malnutrition. Happy World Food Day.
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