World Food Day was celebrated every year on 16 October, across the world. It is observed to raise awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger.
It is celebrated widely by many other organizations to raise awareness about hunger and food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
World Food Day was established by FAO’s Member Countries at the 20th General Conference in November 1979. It was suggested by the former Hungarian Minister of Agriculture and Food Dr. Pal Romany, to celebrate the world food day across the globe. Since, it has been observed every year in more than 150 countries.
It was first Launched in the founding of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, in 1945.
Recently, in 2020, World Food Programme received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to combat hunger, contribute to peace in conflict areas, and for playing a leading role in stopping the use of hunger in the form of a weapon for war and conflict.
In recent years, World Food Day has used its annual day of celebration to focus on different aspects of food security and agriculture, including fishing communities, climate change and biodiversity.
Every year, it is celebrated with a specific theme. The theme of World Food Day of 2021 is, “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow’’. And the last year theme of world food day 2020 was, “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together”.