Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

16 October 2022

World Food Day

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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 ...

Gabriella D’Cruz


Growing up on the coast of Goa sparked a fascination in Gabriella D’Cruz for exploring the tidepools of the Arabian Sea. Over the years, this passion has abided, and now as the 2021 Food Chain Global Youth Champion, she is devoting herself to helping coastal communities rel...

Mohamed Ali Gaidi


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.  

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...

FAO Somalia Team


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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

FAO Ukraine Team


The FAO Ukraine team is a group of like-minded professionals who are extremely committed to their work. Before the war, the team already worked hard to support farmers across the country.  

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

Shakira Deyanira Andy Shiguango


Whenever people highlight the poverty of Amazon communities, Shakira Andy 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 the Am...

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...

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. 

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 2000, 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. 

Gürsel Appa


In Türkiye, Gürsel Appa has become a successful role model for women farmers, demonstrating how women’s empowerment in agriculture is key to sustainable development. 

Gürsel lives in the Gümüldür region of İzmir, an area famous for its tangerines. In August 2021, sh...

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