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International Food Day

Updated on December 14, 2017

October 16th - International Food Day

In this same day back in 1945 the United Nations founded the FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization. But the World Food Day (WFD) was only established in 1979 and started to have different themes since 1981.

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World Food Day (WFD)

As I was invited to make a presentation about World Food Day both for students and their parents I thought I could also make a hub about it.

If you ask me about international days in general I would say that I do not give them much attention most of the time. But in this case I believe that it is not only an interesting subject but also a very actual issue that must be attended urgently.

“Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” FAO is helping countries to adapt agriculture to climate change and increase food security. It’s time for

World Food Day 2015

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FAO - World Food Day 2010

The different themes of each year WFD:

  • 1981/2 - Food Comes First
  • 1983 - Food Security
  • 1984 - Women in Agriculture
  • 1985 - Rural Poverty
  • 1986 - Fishermen and Fishing Communities
  • 1987 - Small Farmers
  • 1988 - Rural Youth
  • 1989 - Food and the Environment
  • 1990 - Food for the Future
  • 1991 - Trees for Life
  • 1992 - Food and Nutrition
  • 1993 - Harvesting Nature's Diversity
  • 1994 - Water For Life
  • 1995 - Food For All
  • 1996 - Fighting Hunger and Malnutrition
  • 1997 - Investing in Food Security
  • 1998 - Women Feed The World
  • 1999 - Youth Against Hunger
  • 2000 - A Millennium Free from Hunger
  • 2001 - Fight Hunger to Reduce Poverty
  • 2002 - Water: Source of Food Security
  • 2003 - Working Together for an International Alliance Against Hunger
  • 2004 - Biodiversity for Food Security
  • 2005 - Agriculture and Intercultural Dialogue
  • 2006 - Investing in agriculture for food security
  • 2007 - The Right to Food
  • 2008 - The Challenges of Climate Change and Bio-energy
  • 2009 - Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis
  • 2010 - United Against Hunger
  • 2011 - From crisis to stability


What has been done against hunger?

Today there are more than 150 countries participating in this event and there are thousands of organizations that help to spread the word all over the world.

Since 1997 TeleFood campaigns were brought to light and they have also helped the cause by raising over US$ 20 million in donations until now.

These project campaigns help funding small projects which are directed for small-scale poor farmers in order to allow them to produce more food, raise their revenues and make their access to food much easier.

Even though being very small scale projects they have been very useful for lots of small farmers around the world.

FAO - World Food Day 2009

How come there is still people who does not have enough food?

It is somehow strange that although there is enough food produced in the world to feed everybody there are still so many people starving to dead.

It is estimate that at least 923 million people (mainly living in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa) do not have access to enough food and this means that their productivity it is diminished and their children have under growing problems.

This is even worst if we think about the health problems that come along within those communities.

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I have been making small loans through Kiva and I am sure this has been the best way for me to help poor entrepreneurs living in less fortunate parts of the world.

I choose this system because I believe that loans can encourage more accountability than donations where repayment is not expected. This make those projects possible and motivate the borrowers to achieve their goals at the same time.

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World Food Security - 2009 WFD theme

The Challenges of Climate Change and Bio-energy are subjects that have great influence in the food problematic as they cause even more difficulties to small farmers than everyone could imagine and that makes the need for solutions much more pressing.

With the energy crisis there was the need to start using more bio-energy sources but this also made food prices to grow immensely which put poor countries in an even worst situation.

WFD 2008 Video : Adapting to Climate Change in Bangladesh

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World Food Day posters

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Get Involved!

Get to know more about FAO and World Food Day at their official site:



Get Involved WFD 2010 Leaflet (pdf file)

Here you can also download the Get Involved WFD 2009 Leaflet (pdf file)



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    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      9 years ago from Portugal

      Thanks Mark, it`s nice of you to visit this hub precisely on World Food Day :)

      Everything each of us can do to help make things better it `s never enough. Yes, the micro-credits works quite nicely.

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      Mark Knowles 

      9 years ago

      Great hub Ricardo. I see some disasters looming - especially where GE crops and patenting is concerned. Good to see some action in this area. I agree about kiva and use them also.

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      10 years ago from Portugal

      Hi Abhinav, I´m sorry you didn´t like this hub. What do you think should be updated?

      Hi Sukkran, how are you doing? Thanks for passing by and commenting.

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      Mohideen Basha 

      10 years ago from TRICHY, TAMIL NADU, INDIA.

      it is really a great job on world food day. well presented article.

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      10 years ago

      we don't liked your article , you all should be updated.....................??????????

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      11 years ago from Portugal

      Thanks Michelle, you`re right but unfortunately everything we have done so far still seems not enough :(

      Hi Petunia, welcome to hubpages! I`m glad this hub was useful to your enlightenment ;)

      Have fun!

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      11 years ago

      Thank you for enlightening me that World Food Day is about more than just making a dish for the class. I just dvr'ed a doc about the food crisis, gotta go and watch it now! Great job!

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      michelle willow 

      11 years ago from Croatia / Europe

      Excellent hub! We should always try to make this world better!

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      11 years ago from Portugal

      Thanks Tony, your comments are much appreciated ;-)

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      11 years ago

      That is a really nice page about an important topic, great layout and content.

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      11 years ago from Portugal

      You´re right SweetiePie, it´s something which would be easy if everybody stop for a moment and realize how small it would be the effort that each of us had to make to solve the problem. Let´s hope that day is near.

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      11 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Wonderful hub and an interesting read. I hate to say, but the only reason some peopel are starving and others eat well is because of greed. We could figure out a way to help all humans have enough food to eat if we really wanted to. Many people volunteer, but the world needs to work together on this issue more. Hopefully someday.

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      11 years ago from Portugal

      Thanks Laurie, coming from you (Inspire Wisdom) that comment means a lot to me. I hope this hub can inspire others to care about those problems.

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      Inspire Wisdom 

      11 years ago from Appalachian Mountains

      Great info and photos. You are doing a great job getting this info out as it is much needed to be heard. We are living in hard times and it is nice to have people like you out there who care.

      Be well, Laurie

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      11 years ago from Portugal

      Thank you, Patty. Things will only change if we all make it happen!

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks for publishing this material on World Food Day. We all need to think about it more intensely.

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      11 years ago from Portugal

      Bob - thanks for your interest and for all your activity and support to this cause.

      G-Ma - your thoughts are so true and full of brotherly love. I too believe that apportioning it is one of the strategies which should be better performed and optimized. I love you and your BIG heart :-)

      Peter - as I told in the begining I´m going to present this theme to young people and their parents and while I was researching I thought I should do more and so I decided to "talk" to much more people and help to spread the word here at HP.

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      11 years ago from Durham, UK

      Great hub - we will try and do something on the 16th. I shudder to think how the current world financial crisis will affect the poor and needy of this world and, as you've reminded us, there are still plenty of such people.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      11 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      yep ... I will really check into it here...and it is so right..all of the countries in this world have something to offer to everyone in need...and it is not just the USA...if we are to be a world of humans doing what God wants we need to work together and at least see that the children eat...and anyone who is hungry...I am just apalled at what food is wasted and thrown away...big stores can't give food away that is not bought cause it might be no good...

      which I guess is right..but I see things that the plastic wrappers to say milk are broken and they throw them away. the milk carton isn't damaged but just the wrapper is broken...I have seen them throw away tons of aspargus..onions, apples that were good but sat for a while...and everyone is so afraid of being sued...

      I feel we are here to help anyone we can anyway we can...and like I have said each of us and each country has something special to offer...and we should think about sharing and caring for each person who is in need...and that is being done through many,many ways I know..Thank You my Love funride for such a wonderful Hub...I so admire you sweetie and hope all is well for you...G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Bob Ewing 

      11 years ago from New Brunswick

      Over the years I hahve been invovled in a few World Food day activites, good to see it here, nice job.


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