Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

16 October 2022

World Food Day

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone involved for joining the global call to action this #WorldFoodDay, and for never giving up.


Leave NO ONE behind

2022 finds us with an ongoing pandemic, conflicts, a climate that won’t stop warming, rising prices and international tensions. This is affecting global food security.

We need to build a sustainable world where everyone, everywhere has regular access to enough nutritious food.

No one should be left behind.

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Indigenous Peoples are guardians of 80 percent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity on 22 percent of the Earth’s surface, yet globally, they suffer higher rates of poverty, malnutrition and internal displacement compared to non-indigenous groups.
160 million children worldwide are engaged in child labour.
Globally, women are 15 percent more likely than men to be moderately or severely food insecure.
A dramatic increase in food prices, including wheat, barley, rapeseed and sunflower oil, and also fertilizers, are moving countries that were already vulnerable into crisis.
Every day, more than 30 000 people are forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution.
Climate change affects the rural poor, their agricultural yields and productivity, contributing to increasing pests and diseases and changing the nutrient composition of major staple crops.
Two-thirds of those experiencing high acute food insecurity are rural food producers.
In 2021, some 193 million people experienced high acute food insecurity, requiring humanitarian assistance for their survival, while over half a million faced Catastrophe conditions, meaning starvation and death.
3.1 billion people (almost 40 percent of the world’s population) cannot afford a healthy diet.


Be a food hero and leave no one behind 

Like the song says, we are all connected! Students from Cuba, Egypt, Ireland, Italy and Rwanda were joined together to work on this creative project. Get inspired by the lyrics to learn actions you can take to build a sustainable future with food for all. 

Discover how to be a food hero by having a look at our youth activities. 

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Discover FAO

This multilingual App allows you to get closer to FAO than ever before! Learn about the Organization's mandate, history, artworks, and architecture at headquarters. Our special youth itinerary is designed for students and packed with interactive features.   

Remember to take a selfie using one of our virtual backgrounds and share your visit at FAO! 

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Find out about all the events and promotional activities happening worldwide for World Food Day.


Milan (Italy)

The Christmas spot aired on Major Events Media's screen at the Villaggio delle Meraviglie in Milan!
16/12/2022 - 08/01/2023

Thanks to a collaboration with Major Events Media the Christmas in Milano promotional spot is airing on their large screen at the Villaggio delle Meraviglie! If you are in Milan during the holiday...

Kigali (Rwanda)

Kigali Convention Center lights up for World Food Day
10/10/2022 - 17/10/2022

The Dome at the Kigali Convention Center, one of the region's leading conference venues, joins our global call and lights up in blue in honor of World Food Day 2022. 

If you are in Kigali, check out the illumination!

Join Us

Whether you're a government, city, private business, non-government or civil society organization, journalist or individual, you can get involved and call for action. We can provide you with multimedia content in several languages to share and support your World Food Day activity.

Get inspired for your activity or event by watching the World Food Day 2021 highlights video.

Contact us if you need more information. 


As a global community, we each have a role to play in bringing forward those left behind by making our agrifood systems more inclusive and sustainable. From governments to private companies, civil society, academia, and all individuals, including youth, we all need to be part of the change.

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Food Heroes

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Shelley Burich


When Shelley Burich started growing vanilla some 15 years ago, it was merely a hobby next to her full-time job as CEO of a charity in her native Samoa. She learned by doing, growing her first vines under the shade of trees in her garden before building her own greenhouse. 

The Roca brothers – Joan, Josep and Jordi


The Roca brothers – Joan, Josep and Jordi – are third generation restaurateurs in their family who had a dream to start a new venture of their own. Their restaurant, Celler de Can Roca has been a great success, earning three Michelin stars and was named best restaurant i...

Shristi Adhikari


Apples are of great importance for Nepal, and any problem in production affects female farmers in particular: “Apples are the only major commodity on which Himalia people sustain their lives,” says Shristi Adhikari, who studies Agricultural Science at the Agriculture and Forestry...

Jacob Beaton and Jessica Ouellette


When Jacob and Jessica Beaton traded suburban life for a 140-acre farm in British Columbia, they relied on YouTube videos to learn how to plant their vegetables. Four years and a global pandemic later, they’re growing thousands of kilos and leading a food-sovereignty revival in ...

Association of Italian Catholic Scouts and Guides


In the early days of Italy’s first lockdown due to the COVID-19 virus, when everybody was instructed to stay home, a group of young men and women from Ostiense gathered at their local hub in southern Rome, and rolled up their sleeves.  

With special permission fr...

Edy Prasetyo


When Edy Prasetyo began farming catfish in 2001, he couldn’t have imagined how popular it would become for Indonesian street food culture. Today, grilled-catfish vendors line the streets of Jakarta and other urban centres on the archipelago, catering to city ...

Martha Negumbo


Marula has long been a staple in Namibian homes, where both the nut and the fruit have a reputation for being healthy and the nut oil is popular for skin care and cooking. In recent years, international companies, too, have caught on to the oil – and with demand booming, there ...

Marina Rukhaia


At 57, Marina Rukhaia has had a more eventful life than many in her village of Etseri in the northwest of Georgia. These days, she runs a successful dairy farm and cheese business, along with a sizeable honey production. But the road to that livelihood was a windy one.  &n...

Mazeda Begum


When COVID-19 first hit Mazeda Begum’s informal settlement in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s sprawling capital, she and her husband had been making ends meet with a small tea stall and a mix of informal trades. Although starting the tea stand had improved their living conditions,...

Gloria Montenegro


Honeys are as diverse as the flowers that lend their pollen to the bees that visit. And if anybody can tell a story about this delicious collaboration between flora and fauna, it’s Gloria Montenegro. A biologist by training, she has devoted her career to the study of botany and t...

Edik Harutyunyan


When Edik Harutyunyan began farming 20 years ago, he had little more than a small plot of land and a big goal. He wanted to prove to people in his rural community in Armenia that it is possible to earn enough money from farming to make a living – an anomaly in a country where t...

The Merlo Family


When Karina and Francisco Merlo decided to bet to dairy farming seven years ago, they thought it would be a reprieve from the challenges of growing crops that was the family’s mainstay back then....

Nadia Selmi


For most people, the word ‘engineer’ doesn’t immediately bring up images of food, and even fewer will think of seaweed. And yet, that’s exactly the niche...

Rebecca Clopath


Rebecca Clopath is a well-known Swiss chef renowned for her nature-focused approach to preparing food. Despite her impressive formation as a chef, Rebecca’s focus has never been to chase culinary fame and accolades, but rather to work with nature to produce fresh, sea...

Zeinabou Mint Smail


Zeinabou Mint Smail comes from the traditionally pastoral region of Assaba in Mauritania. Her family members were herders, but years of great drought chased them off the land and towards Nouakchott, the capital, like many others.   

It was only af...

Ninfa Aguilar Medina


Ever since she was a child growing up in the district of Pucara, in the Junín region of central Peru, Ninfa Medina wanted to have a vegetable garden like her grandmother’s. To Ninfa, her abuela was patient and wise, and Ninfa loved that she talked with her plants. Her pa...

Shakira Deyanira Andy Shiguango


Whenever people highlight the poverty of Amazon communities, Shakira Andy makes an effort to correct them.  
"For me and for our communities, good living and wealth is biodiversity,” she explains proudly. And by that measure, “the Indigenous Peoples of the Am...

Esteban Gallie


The story of Esteban Gallie begins with his great-grandfather, who at the end of the 19th century owned his own farm called Morro Chico in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina. In 2000, Esteban took over that same 27 000-hectare farm in deep Patagonia, two hundred kilometres...

Nikita Rossov


Camembert, burrata, gruyere... they are not cheeses one associates with Siberia, but Nikita Rossov makes them all. In all, the young farmer produces more than 15 types of cheese in his village of Khomutovo, in Russia’s Irkutsk region, some 5000 km east of Moscow. 

Sophia Roe


Chef, Writer and TV Host, Sophia Roe lives in Brooklyn, New York and is passionate about food. She loves to discover where her food comes from, the cultures that produce it and how to make nutritious and tasty dishes accessible to all - one zesty recipe at a time.  

Rodrigo Pacheco


Rodrigo Pacheco is a world-renowned Ecuadorian chef known for much more than his delicious recipes. This food hero is also cooking up a storm in the name of agrifood sustainability.  

Working with nature is key for Rodrigo. His vision for sustainable food and a...

Thomas Pesquet


Since 2018, European Space Agency Astronaut (ESA) Thomas Pesquet has been working with FAO to advocate for greater food security, the fight against hunger and climate change, and more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems. After officially being ...

Gürsel Appa


In Türkiye, Gürsel Appa has become a successful role model for women farmers, demonstrating how women’s empowerment in agriculture is key to sustainable development. 

Gürsel lives in the Gümüldür region of İzmir, an area famous for its tangerines. In August 2021, sh...

FAO Ukraine Team


The FAO Ukraine team is a group of like-minded professionals who are extremely committed to their work. Before the war, the team already worked hard to support farmers across the country.  

Gabriella D’Cruz


Growing up on the coast of Goa sparked a fascination in Gabriella D’Cruz for exploring the tidepools of the Arabian Sea. Over the years, this passion has abided, and now as the 2021 Food Chain Global Youth Champion, she is devoting herself to helping coastal communities rel...

Mohamed Ali Gaidi


FAO Somalia Team


Congratulations to the winners of World Food Day 2022 Poster Contest!

Thanks to everyone who participated and we hope to hear from you again next year.

World Food Day Poster Contest 2022

World Food Day - It's your day!

Collective action across 150 countries worldwide is what makes World Food Day one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. Hundreds of events and outreach activities bring together governments, businesses, CSOs, the media, the public, even youth, in over 50 languages. They promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all, leaving no one behind. 

#WorldFoodDay 2022 is being marked in a year with multiple global challenges including the ongoing pandemic, conflict, climate change, rising prices and international tensions. All of this is affecting global food security.  

It’s time to work together and create a better, more sustainable future for all. Make #WorldFoodDay YOUR day. Join the call by organizing an event or activity or show how you are taking action.