World Food Day (WFD) was established by Member Nations at the twentieth session of the FAO Conference in November 1979. The date chosen — 16 October — is the anniversary of the founding of FAO. It has since been observed every year in more than 150 countries.
WFD provides a reminder of FAO's continuing search for a lasting solution to the problems of hunger and poverty in the world. WFD was created with the goal that “food for all” should become a human right for present and future generations. Its objectives are:
to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world;
to focus attention on agriculture and food production;
to stimulate national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end;
to promote the transfer of technologies to the Third World;
to strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty, and to draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development;
to encourage the participation of rural people, particularly women and the underprivileged, in decisions and activities that influence their lives; and
to encourage economic and technical cooperation among developing countries.
For further information on World Food Day and what you can do on this occasion, please contact the FAO Office in your country or the World Food Day Secretariat.
World Food Day Secretariat
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Telephone: (39-6) 57974189 or (39-6) 57975160
Cables: FOODAGRI ROME
Telex: 610181 FAO I
Fax: (39-6) 5782610 or (39-6) 57971155
Text by Hope Shand, designed and produced by
the Information Division, FAO
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