Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

16 October 2022

World Food Day

World Food Day 2022: Call to leave no one behind comes at critical juncture for global food security


Pope Francis, United Nations Secretary-General and Italy’s President join other leaders in urging renewed efforts to tackle hunger and malnutrition

14-10-2022 Rome - World Food Day 2022 celebrations were held in Rome today under the rallying cry "leave no one behind," amid a deteriorating global food security crisis and all-time high numbers of people at risk of experiencing serious levels of hunger in Asia and Africa.



QU Dongyu - FAO Director-General

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His Excellency Sergio Mattarella - President of the Republic of Italy

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His Holiness - Pope Francis

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António Guterres - UN Secretary-General

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David M. Beasley - Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP)

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Alvaro Lario - President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

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Junior World Food Day

FAO headquarters, Friday, 14 October 2022 (14:00 CEST TBC) 


After a successful first edition, Junior World Food Day is back in October. Join us online for stories and conversation, the launch of the new #FoodHeroes music video, and more. Last year, European Space Agency astronaut and FAO Goodwill Ambassador, Thomas Pesquet surprised us with a message from outer space. This year, he’s back on Earth and will participate alongside other exciting guest speakers including Lebanese media professional and FAO Goodwill Ambassador Darine El Khatib and Spanish chef and food hero Joan Roca for an event that is guaranteed to inspire action. The event will also feature messages from FAO teams working in countries around the world that are experiencing food crises.


FAO headquarters, 14 October 2022 

A special World Food Day exhibit features photos from space from European Space Agency astronaut and FAO Goodwill Ambassador Thomas Pesquet, highlighting the effects of climate change and environmental degradation as a call to action. FAO’s food heroes speak from the regions about actions they are taking to adapt to climate change and transform agrifood systems. The exhibit will travel to several locations including Brussels, Geneva, Panama, with more locations being announced soon. 

Don’t miss the World Food Day event on 13 October!

Agricultural aid: A game plan to tackle the hunger crisis
13 October, 15.00 – 16.00 CEST, virtual event

Year after year, the number of acutely food insecure people has risen relentlessly, despite an increase in humanitarian aid. By treating the symptoms of hunger rather than its causes, we have missed an opportunity to reverse suffering. Doing the same thing the same way is no longer an option. Join us to rethink ways in which we can tackle acute hunger, leaving no one behind. The event will include voices from those affected by hunger and interventions from FAO Director- General QU Dongyu, Rein Paulsen, Director, FAO Office of Emergencies and Resilience, resource partners and NGO and media representatives. Stay tuned for more details.

World Food Day around the globe!

Every year, a large number of events – from marathons and hunger marches to exhibitions and light shows, cultural performances, contests and concerts – are organised in up to 150 countries across the world to celebrate World Food Day. 


Our World Food Day friends are getting creative and helping to spread the word! Remember to post your activity or event on the World Food Day map and use our free material!  



Skopje (North Macedonia)

Nova International Schools celebrated WFD with a local Poster Contest!
10/10/2022 - 15/10/2022

The third-grade students from Nova International Schools in Skopje, North Macedonia, created an art project on the theme ''World Food Day''. As a part of the transdisciplinary unit "Who We Are", our students worked on a project based on the wall painting technique. The idea behind the pro...

(Bosnia and Herzegovina)

World Food Day
15/10/2022 - 16/10/2022

Public Health Institute of the Republic of Srpska celebrate World Food Day by organizing "Healthy sandwich" campaign in preschools across Republic of Srpska where children with their teachers made healthy sandwiches and made photographs which were posted on social networks; also preschool inst...