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World Food Day is observed every year on October 16 to promote awareness and action for those suffering from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for everyone.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) calls upon citizens, governments, farmers, corporations, and youth around the world to take action and to make the goal of #ZeroHunger a reality by 2030.

Teach kids about the global goal to achieve #ZeroHunger and that by changing simple day-to-day actions, they can reduce waste, eat better, and use the Earth’s resources more wisely and take on a more sustainable lifestyle.

World Food Day

World Food Day Key Facts

  • 821 million people in the world still suffer from hunger even though the world produces enough food to feed everyone. 60% of them are women.
  • About 70% of the world’s extreme poor live in rural areas. Most of them depend on agriculture.
  • Hunger kills more people every year than malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS combined.
  • Nearly 45% of infant deaths are related to undernutrition.
  • 1.9 billion people (more than a quarter of the world’s population) are overweight. 672 million of these are obese. Adult obesity is rising everywhere at an accelerated pace.
  • 3.4 million people die each year due to overweight and obesity. In many countries, more people die from obesity than from homicide.
  • $3.5 trillion (USD) is the yearly cost of malnutrition to the global economy.
  • By 2050 agriculture will need to produce almost 50% more food, feed, and biofuel than it did in 2012 to meet demand.
  • One-third of the food produced worldwide is lost or wasted.

Resource:  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

World Food Day 2021 Theme

Our actions are our future. Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life.

The food you choose and the way you consume it affect our health and that of our planet. It has an impact on the way agri-food systems work. 

So you need to be a part of the change.

World Food Day Activities

Food Heroes Activity Book

Inspire kids to be change-makers and advocates for a world where everyone has access to enough nutritious food and our food producers and planets are cared for.

Learn about the important role of food producers and find out what each of us has to do to strengthen food systems. Become #FoodHeroes!

Download the FREE 2021 World Food Day Activity Book (available in several languages).

Poster Contest

Children and teens all over the world, from age 5 to 19, are encouraged to use their imagination and create a poster that illustrates their idea of what needs to be done to make healthy diets available for everyone and how each of us can improve our diets. Use the World Food Day Activity Book (above) for inspiration.

Entries are due by November 5, 2021. Click here to enter.

Stone Soup: A Story for World Food Day

This version of the classic tale was written for World Food Day in 2008 and focuses on the message that when we each give a little, we can achieve a lot.

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Click here to download.

Play Free Rice

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For each answer you get right, 10 grains of rice are donated through the World Food Programme to help end hunger.


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