Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

16 October 2022

World Food Day

Civil society organisations and nongovernmental organisations are key players in building an inclusive and sustainable future for food by giving a voice to some of the most vulnerable and remote people in the world.

We can only transform food systems for the better if everyone is involved. By uniting marginalised groups with policymakers, CSOs and NGOs can help promote the productive engagement of all stakeholders in food system transformation. A bottom-up approach that ensures a seat at the table for smallholder farmers, indigenous communities, women, and youth will help build an inclusive vision for people, planet, and prosperity. 

War, climate change and economic slowdown are all contributing to a precarious future for food security. By investing in innovation, ensuring access to skills-based training, and encouraging knowledge sharing among communities of producers, civil society can help create more resilient food systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life.

Promoting knowledge and skills about cooking and good nutrition among children and adults will encourage everyone to prepare, eat, share, and dispose of food in healthier and more sustainable ways. Civil society can encourage communities to gather and share meals together with the aim to promote knowledge sharing about healthy and sustainable food choices, contributing to a better future for all.