Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

16 October 2024

World Food Day

World Food Day 2024

 

Right to foods for a better life and a better future  

‘Foods’ stands for diversity, nutrition, affordability, and safety. A greater diversity of nutritious foods should be available in our fields, in our markets, and on our tables, for the benefit of all.

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Get inspired to take action  

As a global community, we all need to get involved. Governments, the private sector, farmers, academia, civil society and individuals need to work together to ensure all people have access to enough diverse, nutritious and safe foods. We all have a role to play to tackle inequality and poverty, make healthy food choices to increase their availability, reduce food waste and protect the environment.  

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Conflict and violence are still the primary causes of hunger. In 2023, conflict remained widespread and pervasive and was the primary driver affecting almost half (nearly 135 million in 20 countries) of those suffering acute hunger.  
Climate change disproportionately affects the rural poor, their agricultural yields and productivity, contributes to increasing pests and diseases and changes the nutrient composition of major staple crops.  
The world's smallholder farmers produce around a third of the world's food.  
Around 600 million people depend, at least partially, on aquatic food systems for a living.
Food insecurity is more prevalent among adult women than men in every region of the world. In 2022, 27.8 percent of adult women were moderately or severely food insecure, compared with 25.4 percent of men.   
Limiting global warming to 1.5°C, compared to 2°C, will benefit water resources and reduce water stress induced by climate change.   
Wetlands - the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems - are disappearing three times faster than forests, and 85% have been lost over the past 300 years. 
More than 600 million people fall ill and 420 000 die every year as a result of eating food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins and chemicals.  
In 2022, 2.5 billion adults (18 years and older) were overweight. Of these, 890 million were living with obesity. 37 million children under the age of 5 were overweight.  
More than 3.1 billion people in the world – 42 percent – are unable to afford a healthy diet. Healthy diets are diverse, balanced in energy intake, adequate in all nutrients and moderate in the intake of unhealthy foods. (SOFI, 2023) 
An estimated 148.1 million children under five years of age (22.3 percent) are stunted (too short for age) and 45 million (6.8 percent) are wasted (too thin for height).  
Up to 783 million people are facing hunger in the world due to repeated weather shocks, conflicts, economic downturns, inequality, and the pandemic. (SOFI, 2023)
The right to food means that food must be adequate, available and accessible to all. It is a legally binding human right in international law, enshrined in article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in 1966. 171 countries have ratified the ICESCR and at least 45 countries have recognized the right to adequate food in their constitutions.

Youth corner 

Young people are the change makers of the future. Discover the latest World Food Day youth activities designed to inspire individuals of all ages to become #FoodHeroes, no matter how young. 

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2023 Poster Contest winners!

Congratulations to the World Food Day 2023 Poster Contest winners!

This year, your creativity was out in full force! Come and explore the winning posters.

Stay tuned for information about the 2024 contest.

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Right to #FoodHeroes

Join us in celebrating the work of #FoodHeroes - the women, men, boys, and girls who are helping to realise the right to food for all, nurturing our communities and making a positive change, even under challenging circumstances.

Stay tuned for new stories coming soon!

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Join us

Across the world, people are unleashing their creativity and raising awareness about World Food Day. From impactful marathons and hunger marches to artistic exhibitions, lively cultural performances, contests, and uplifting concerts, people in nearly 150 countries join together in response to the global call for action. NGOs, journalists, governments, cities, civil society organizations, and individuals, including youth, seize this opportunity to unite and inspire meaningful change. 

Check out the wide variety of events taking place and discover the World Food Day Friends that lending their voices to show support! 

WFD Friends

Hybrid Event, Rome (Italy)

Discover the Activity Book “Story of a t-shirt” by food hero Matteo Ward
12/06/2024

Did you know that a T-shirt is made from the same resources needed to make a loaf of bread, like soil, water, air, energy, and people’s work?

Rome (Italy)

Come to explore the Global Library of Trees and Flowers - FAO Park
24/04/2024

Step into the immersive world of the Global Library of Trees and Flowers – FAO Park at Villa Pamphilj, Rome.

Rome (Italy)

Junior World Food Day and WFF School Assembly
17/10/2024

Stay tuned to the World Food Day website for more information about the fourth edition of the Junior World Food Day event on 17 October. 

Hybrid Event, Rome (Italy)

World Food Day 2024 Global Ceremony
16/10/2024

This year, the World Food Day Global Ceremony will take place on 16 October 2024 at 10.00 CET at FAO headquarters during the World Food week. 

Rome (Italy)

SDGs Kids Corner at Phygital Sustainability Expo® on June 4 and 5
04/06/2024 - 05/06/2024

On June 4 and 5, we look forward to seeing you in Rome at the spectacular archaeological setting of the Markets of Trajan-Museo...

World Food Day - It's your day!

Collective action across 150 countries worldwide, in up to 50 languages, 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, municipalities, businesses, CSOs, the media, the public, even youth. They promote worldwide awareness of hunger and promote action for the future of food, people and the planet. 

Together we can create a better, more sustainable food future for all. Make #WorldFoodDay YOUR day. Join the call by organizing an event or activity or show how you are taking action. 

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