World Food Day is celebrated every year across the world on 16th October. It’s an annual celebration in the honor of the founding date of the Food and Agriculture Organization launched by the United Nations in the year 1945. World Food Day is celebrated widely with great enthusiasm by several other organizations which are concerned with food security such as the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the World Food Program, and others.
World Food Day 2018
World Food Day 2018 will be celebrated across the globe on 16th of October, Tuesday.
History of World Food Day
World Food Day (WFD) was established by the member countries of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) in November 1979, at the organization’s 20th General Conference. Dr. Pal Romany, the Hungarian Delegation led by the then Minister of Hungary for Agriculture and Food, played a significant role at the 20th General Conference of the FAO and proposed the idea of launching the WFD worldwide. Since then, the WFD is been observed in more than 150 countries every year; raising consciousness and knowledge of the problems and reasons behind hunger and poverty.
Why World Food Day is Celebrated?
The principal reason behind launching and celebrating world food day is to secure and advance the food security across the world, particularly in days of the crisis. The commencement of the Food and Agriculture organization by the United Nations has played a significant role in making this possible and accomplishing the goal.
The annual celebration of world food day represent the significance of the Food and Agriculture Organization; it also helps in increasing awareness of the crucial need for effective agriculture and food policies to be implemented by governments across the world to ensure there is sufficient food available for everyone worldwide.
How World Food Day is Celebrated in India?
World Food Day was established in honor of the founding date of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations launched in 1945. Now it is also considered as Food Engineers’ Day. In India, the day marks the significance of agriculture and emphasizes on the fact that the produced and consumed by the Indians is safe and healthy. The world food day is celebrated with great enthusiasm in India; several sincere lovers of food in Delhi joined hands and vowed to keep their food hygienic and safe. They opposed the introduction of GM (genetically modified) crops in India. People in Delhi celebrate the occasion at Craft museum of Dastakar Mela; they make rangoli and perform street plays and acts on the matter of genetic modification.
In India, World Food Day is the occasion, through which several non-voluntary organizations highlight the importance of eating healthy food and avoiding fast food in urban India. Volunteers also stage street plays demanding public consultation on BRAI (Biotechnology regulatory Authority of India) bill. It is one of the biggest dangers to our food safety as it is being proposed to promote the introduction of Genetically Modified crops in India.
Suggestions for Celebrating World Food Day in India in Better Way
India is a vast country with diverse culture and tradition. The tradition varies from state to state and different festivals are celebrated in different styles in each state, but food is the common element at every celebration. Varieties of food items get prepared, eaten and distributed amongst the families and friends as rituals. Marriage is also one of the most important occasions for Indians and various food items get prepared and leftover gets wasted. Such families may preserve extra food and distribute the same to the poor and needy ones; this will make a lot of difference as no food would get wasted and hungry may be fed. Private companies and Government organizations may run a scheme where a certain percentage of salary get deducted from those employees who voluntarily want to donate for the food bank and such money collected may be utilized at the times of natural calamities, disasters, etc.
Intresting facts about world hunger:
* The world produces enough food to feed everyone, yet, about 800 million people suffer from hunger. That is one in nine people — 60% of whom are women.
* One third of the food produced worldwide is lost or wasted.
* The world will need to produce 60% more food by 2050 to feed a growing population.
Focus on Different Aspects
In the past few years, World Food Day has been using the annual celebration as a platform to concentrate on various other aspects of agriculture and food security such as biodiversity, climate change, and fishing communities.
Themes of World Food Day
Since 1981, World Food Day started adopting different celebration theme each year for highlighting common areas of concerns which needed attention and action. Majority of the themes rotate around farming and agriculture because it is been considered that only investment in agriculture along with support for health and education will be able to turn this situation around. The bulk of such investment must come from the private sector and public investment for promoting agriculture and mitigate the problem related to food and hunger such as deficiency of food, etc.
Here are some themes of world food day in some past years:
The theme of World Food Day 2018 is: yet to come.
The theme of World Food Day 2017: “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development”.
The theme of World Food Day 2016: “Climate change: Climate is changing, Food and agriculture must too”.
The theme of World Food Day 2015: “Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty”.
The theme of World Food Day 2014: “Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”.
The theme of World Food Day 2013: “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”.
The theme of World Food Day 2012: “Agricultural cooperatives “key to feeding the world”.
The theme of World Food Day 2011: “Food prices from crisis to stability”.
The theme of World Food Day 2010: “United against hunger”.