Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

16 October 2021

World Food Day

World Food Day 2021: FAO hails new momentum and energy on agri-food systems despite unprecedented crises

Pope Francis joins other leaders with messages for global event paying tribute to Food Heroes

World Food Day 2021 celebrations began with a global event where participants noted that while the challenges of global hunger, climate crisis and COVID-19 remain formidable, there is also a new momentum and energy behind efforts to transform our agri-food systems, making them more fit for purpose.


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Director-General  QU Dongyu
QU Dongyu - FAO Director-General

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His Holiness, Pope Francis

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His Excellency Sergio Mattarella - President of the Republic of Italy

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António Guterres                                               UN Secretary-General

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Gilbert F. Houngbo - President International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

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

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Professor Klaus Schwab - Executive Chairman World Economic Forum

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Gian Marco Centinaio
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Video message by Gian Marco Centinaio, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Italy

Tea and coffee: celebrating their cultural, social and economic importance

FAO Director-General joins global industry experts at event as part of World Food Day celebrations.

The Dialogue on Tea and Coffee, part of World Food Day celebrations hosted by FAO, focused on the tea and coffee sectors and their importance as a vital source of income and employment for millions of people in developing countries.

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Junior World Food Day

Junior World Food Day called on young people everywhere to take action and become food heroes. This special event took place during the education track of the World Food Forum powered by youth. Young people around the world had a conversation with food heroes – from influencers to farmers, chefs and innovators – to hear about why they choose to work with food. From listening to stories to asking questions, and singing to dancing, this event inspired the food heroes of tomorrow to get involved.

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Expo Dubai

Dubai, 16 October

World Food Day 2021 was the first International Day to be celebrated at Expo Dubai as a series of activities and events call for global solidarity in rethinking and reshaping food systems for people and the planet. A site-wide celebration united Expo’s family of stakeholders and visitors in a commitment to build forward better. Expo 2020 Dubai will take place from 1 October 2021 until 31 March 2022 on the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.

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G20 Green Garden

Rome, 16 October

World Food Day will be celebrated on 16 October at the G20 Green Garden in Rome’s ancient Appia Antica Park as part of a busy programme of events taking place between June and November 2021. The G20 Green Garden invites visitors to reflect on the future of our planet in an open-air museum celebrating biodiversity, nature and history while calling for global solidarity to create a sustainable future for all.

Events around the world

Every year, a large number of events – from marathons and hunger marches, to exhibitions, cultural performances, contests and concerts – are organised in up to 150 countries across the world to celebrate World Food Day. Many events are even going digital! Our World Food Day friends are helping to spread the word! Remember to post your activity or event on the World Food Day map and to use our free material!


Toronto (Canada)

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