World Food Day: Feast your Mind with the History and Themes

What Is World Food Day

World food day is an event that is celebrated on October 16 each year. The objective is to raise awareness about ensuring adequate food for 11 billion people by 2050. The event has been celebrated since 1945, when the FAO established it with support from

The UN. World Food Day has played an essential role in raising public awareness of the need for nutritious foods, reduced levels of hunger, and sustainable agricultural practices.

The celebrations highlight the importance of food in our lives and impact health, society, environment, and economy. Activities carried out on this day include conferences, exhibitions, street theater performances, debates, lectures, and marches.

World Food Day Matters

World Food Day focuses on three areas of interest:

– Sufficient quantity for all

– Accessibility by all

– Quality for all.

In 2009, an estimated 925 million people worldwide were undernourished, with some countries suffering from more acute crises, including Chad, Ethiopia, Madagascar, and others.

In contrast, obesity can be found in many western European countries, North America and China, where nearly 300 million adults are believed to have a weight problem.

Worldwide Nutrition Divide

Around 1 billion people suffer from being overweight or obese, according to a study conducted last year by the World Health Organization (WHO).

This alarming shift in global nutrition is one of the significant health challenges of our time—the WHO has stated that malnutrition will jeopardize the prospects for the worldwide development of future generations.

World Food Day Events

The awareness around World Food Day is heightened by events including Live Below The Line, an annual movement that encourages people to live on $2 worth of food each day.

Last year over 1 million people participated in this campaign, with 5,000 taking part in Cape Town alone. Volunteer Solutions also offers many volunteer opportunities to organizations worldwide, who have shared some excellent advice with us, helping you plan your event or activity for World Food Day 2021.

World Food Day Themes

This year’s theme is “Our actions are our future- Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life.”

The theme for World Food Day 2020 was “Grow, Nourish, Sustain.”

The theme for World Food Day 2013 was “Change the future of migration.”

2012’s theme was “Sustainable Energy for All.”

2001’s theme was “Family Farming / Agriculture at the Heart of Rural Development.”

2000’s theme was “Rural People Feeding Cities.”


On October 16 every year, the United Nations celebrates World Food Day. This day is an opportunity to spread awareness of global food security and environmental sustainability in agriculture.

The UN has set a goal of eradicating hunger by 2030—but reaching this ambitious target will not be easy, with the world population expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050! We hope you’ll take some time on October 16 to commemorate World Food Day and pledge your support for ending hunger around the globe.


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