World Food day is celebrated every year around the world on October 16 – the date of the founding of the foods and Agriculture. World’s Food Day (WFD) was established by FAO’s Member Countries at the Organization’s 20 the General Conference in November 1979.
The Hungarian Delegation, led by the former Hungarian Minister of Agriculture and Food, Dr Pal Romany Suggested the idea of celebrating the WFD worldwide. It has been observed every year in more than 150 countries, raising awareness of the issue behind poverty and hunger. Since 1981, World Food Day has adopted different theme each year in order to highlight areas needed for action and provided a common focus.
World Food Week
In addition to the annual World Day Observance October 16, FAO will host a series of events between October 12 and 16 including a High-Level Expert Forum on “How to Feed the World in 2050” and the World Food Security (WFS).
Role of FAO
The Food and Agriculture organisation is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meets as equal to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information, and helps developing countries in transition to modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fishery practices, ensuring good nutrition and food security for all. Its Latin motto, fiat panis, translates into English as “let there be bread”. Presently, FAO has 191 members states along with the European Communities and the Faroe Inlands, which are associates members.
The Rome Declaration calls for the members of the United nations to work to have the number of chronically undernourished people on the Earth by the year 2015. The Plan of Action sets a number of targets for Governmental Organisation for achieving food security , at the individual, household, national, regional and global levels. According to FAO, addressing agriculture and population growth is vital to achieve food security.