Date: Sunday, 16 October 2022, 42nd Anniversary
Sponsor: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
The World Food Day is annually celebrated for the following four purposes:
- to commemorate the founding of the United Nations’ (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945,
- to celebrate the amazing food that we have, and to raise awareness of the people who are suffering from hunger,
- to draw public attention to different aspects of food security and agriculture all over the world, especially in times of crisis and climate change, and
- to raise awareness about healthy diets and what foods are good and bad for our bodies.
The World Food Day was established in November 1979 at the 20th General Conference of UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. The Hungarian Delegation suggested the idea of celebrating the World Food Day worldwide.
The UN General Assembly ratified this decision through a resolution (A/RES/35/70) on 5th December 1980 and urged governments and organizations to contribute to observing World Food Day. The first World Food Day was held October 16, 1981.
Since 1981, World Food Day has since been observed every year in more than 150 countries, raising awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger.
Annual theme in recent years:
To highlight areas needed for actions and provide a common focus, annual World Food Day celebration adopts a different theme suggested by the United States:
2021 theme: “Our actions are our future- Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life”.
2020 theme: “Grow, nourish and sustain our world. Together.”
2019 theme: “Our actions are our future, healthy diets for a zero-hunger world”
2018 theme: “Our actions are our future, ending world hunger by 2030 is possible”
2017 theme: “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development”
2016 theme: “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too”
2015 theme: “Social protection and agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty”
2014 theme: “Family farming: feeding the world, caring for the earth”