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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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.



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


Virtual Event

Virtual World Food Day Event |17 October 2022| FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

You are cordially invited to join a webinar that will be held to mark World Food Day 2022 under the theme “leave no one behind.” The event which will commence at 10 a.m. Bangkok time (GMT+7) and conclude at 11:40 a.m. on Mon...

Niagara Falls (Canada)

Lighting Niagara Falls Blue for World Food Day

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!

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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 Deyarina Andy Shiguango


Whenever people highlight the poverty of Amazon communities, Shakira Shiguango 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 t...

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 2021, 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 ...

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.