World Food Day Rome, 16 October

Press release: Urgent need to step up efforts to end hunger and malnutrition in all its forms

World Food Day official ceremony highlights Zero Hunger goal still possible

16 October 2018, Rome - Speakers at the global World Food Day ceremony in Rome today called for stronger political will and more financial support to end hunger and malnutrition in all its forms, urging the international community to step up its efforts until everyone has enough and quality food.

This year's theme - "Our actions are our future: a Zero Hunger world by 2030 is possible" - underscores the urgent need to step up collective efforts to reach the Zero Hunger goal. World Food Day is celebrated in over 150 countries around the world.

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Following the WFD ceremony, Heads of State, ministers and high-level representatives from the private sector and civil society participated in two high-level panels on Zero Hunger challenges and solutions. Panellists discussed climate change, conflict, migration, poverty and the double burden of hunger and obesity, as well as ways to adapt to or overcome these challenges through nutrition education, improved food systems, social protection, agroecology, the preservation of biodiversity, the empowerment of family farmers and more.

World Food Week coincided with the 45th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). Other events held at FAO headquarters included the launch of FAO’s State of Food and Agriculture in the World report on 15 October.