World Food Day

World Food Day

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World Food Day, as declared by the UN General Assembly, aims to heighten public awareness of world food problems and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

The UN will celebrate three International Days at Expo Milano 2015, one of which will be World Food Day on 16 October. Country pavilions and other participants are invited to join in the celebrations and demonstrate their support to the fight against hunger in a bid to transform a large part of the Expo site according to UN colours and branding.

World Food Day aims to raise public awareness about hunger and to encourage people worldwide to take action in the fight against hunger.  At the same time, it is an opportunity: to highlight important issues related agriculture; to encourage agricultural food production and to stimulate national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts; encourage economic and technical cooperation among developing countries; encourage the participation of rural people, particularly women and the least privileged categories, in decisions and activities influencing their living conditions; heighten public awareness of hunger in the world; promote the use of technologies in the developing world; strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty; and draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development.

Every year a particular theme becomes the focus of the celebrations for World Food Day.  In line with the UN General Assembly’s designation of 2014 as the “International Year of Family Farming”, the theme of the last World Food Day celebrations was be Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”. 

World Food Day was established by FAO's Member Countries at the Organization's Twentieth General Conference in November 1979. The date chosen – 16 October - is the anniversary of FAO's founding in 1945.

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