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 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 2020
* World Food Day 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The COVID-19 global health crisis has been a time to reflect on things we truly cherish and our most basic needs. These uncertain times have made many of us rekindle our appreciation for a thing that some take for granted and many go without: food.
Food is the essence of life and the bedrock of our cultures and communities. Preserving access to safe and nutritious food is and will continue to be an essential part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for poor and vulnerable communities, who are hit hardest by the pandemic and resulting economic shocks.
In a moment like this, it is more important than ever to recognise the need to support our food heroes- farmers and workers throughout the food system – who are making sure that food makes its way from farm to fork even amid disruptions as unprecedented as the current COVID-19 crisis. – FAO
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 2020 World Food Day Activity Book (available in several languages).
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 6, 2020. 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.
Click here to download.
Play Free Rice
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