Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

16 October 2022

World Food Day

Leave NO ONE behind

2022 finds us with an ongoing pandemic, conflict, 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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Around the world, food systems emit up to one-third of global greenhouse gasses, contribute to 80 percent of tropical deforestation and are a main driver of soil degradation and desertification, water scarcity and biodiversity decline.
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.
150 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.
More than 3 billion people (almost 40 percent of the world’s population) cannot afford a healthy diet.

 

Events

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

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Niagara Falls (Canada)

Lighting Niagara Falls Blue for World Food Day
16/10/2022

Cities are getting creative by illuminating landmarks and iconic monuments blue to celebrate World Food Day. Approach municipalities and/or building owners for them to join in this initiative and let's light the night sky blue for World Food Day!

Siena (Italy)

World Food Day in Siena #INSIEMEPERGLISDG
15/06/2022 - 18/06/2022

This multicity initiative includes high-level events in Siena, Rimini, Catania, Brescia and Bergamo from June to October 2022. 

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. 

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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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World Food Day Poster Contest 2022

If you’re aged between 5 and 19, we want to hear from you! Use your imagination and create a poster showing a world where no one is left behind, and everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food. 

Submit your entry by filling out the form on our website before  4  November 2022. 

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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.