The World Food Day is annually held on October 16 to commemorate the founding of the United Nations’ (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many organizations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme.
The World Food Day theme for 2013 is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition” and it will be the focus of World Food Day in 2013.
The official World Food Day theme announced at the start of every year by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) gives focus to World Food Day observances and helps increase understanding of problems and solutions in the drive to end hunger. This extends to our country too. In India the government has recently passed the Food Security Bill.
The World Food Day was formed to “boost the awareness, understanding, and informed year-around long-term action on the complex issues of food security for all”. While more than 850 million people around the world are malnourished and millions more suffer from food insecurity, it is also true that the world produces more than enough food to feed everyone. Ironically, 80 percent of those experiencing hunger are farmers or farm workers who lack necessary resources and land rights to provide for themselves sufficiently.