Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

16 October 2024

World Food Day

Food Heroes archive


On 17 March a special race will cross the heart of Rome, starting from the Fori Imperiali, passing by Castel Sant'Angelo and Piazza di Spagna, and up to the Colosseum. This event aims to support Italy in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and will launch a call to action for ...

The Water Heroes taking action for the sustainable use of our water resources


Back in 2008, Spanish Chef Ángel León wowed the culinary scene by serving the world’s first phytoplankton menu, and later, in 2017, its first bio-luminescent cocktail – a glow-in-the-dark concoction made with sea algae that naturally light up in fluorescent blue. It’s the k...



Can a human be considered a creature of the sea? Perhaps not officially, but based on the time she spends in the water, Olivia Mandle could make a good case for an exception.

The 16-year-old environmentalist from Spain has been swimming in the sea since the age of 2, she ...


From pearl millet mango pudding to Achari Paneer tikka, chef Anahita Dhondy knows how to whip millets into surprising shapes. They’re just two out an array of dishes in her weekly Millet Monday Instagram stories, her initiative to get more people interested in the ancient grain that was once a...



When it comes to trying new things, Nile Delta farmers can be a bit reluctant, Atef Swelam knows too well. After all, he grew up among them. So when the irrigation engineer from Egypt had an idea for a new technique that would save water, he thought it’s wise to start the pr...



Potatoes, cabbage, courgettes and other vegetables can grow even in a harsh climate. And Tamara Fiodorova knows how to get good yields on her land in Rassoloda, a village in the Sakha Republic, a part of Russia known as Yakutia. The trick, she says, is to grow locally adapt...



When you think of cotton production, Sicily might not be the first place that comes to mind. And yet, the Mediterranean island long played a major role in the country’s famous fashion industry, dating back all the way to the 12th century. Sicilian farmers only stopped produc...



Some 15 years ago, Bohdan Popov lived in a picturesque place high on a mountain meadow in the Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine. The river near his house was a clean and transparent and he could even drink from it, which he adored. But when Bohdan had to move a little farthe...


United States of America 

“Outside of New York City, Karen Washington is perhaps best known as the co-founder of Black Urban Growers, the organization behind the largest annual gathering in the United States of America of urban farmers for more than a decade.