World Food Day 2018
On Monday, October 16th, 2018 which is today, is the celebration for World Food Day in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organizations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
This year campaign is theme is Zero Hunger which means working together to ensure everyone, everywhere, has access to the safe, healthy and nutritious food they need. To achieve it, World Food Day suggests that we must adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, work with others, share our knowledge and be willing to help change the world – for the better.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) stated that " after a period of decline, world hunger is on the rise again. Today, over 820 million people are suffering chronic undernourishment, according to the latest FAO 2018 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report." "Conflict, extreme weather events linked to climate change, economic slowdown and rapidly increasing overweight and obesity levels are reversing progress made in the fight against hunger and malnutrition."
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) wants to get back on track by joining forces across nations, continents, sectors and professions, and act on evidence. "Seventy percent of the world's poor live in rural areas where people’s lives depend on agriculture, fisheries or forestry. That’s why Zero Hunger calls for a transformation of rural economy."
"Governments must create opportunities for greater private sector investments in agriculture, while boosting social protection programs for the vulnerable and linking food producers with urban areas." "Smallholder farmers need to adopt new, sustainable agricultural methods to increase productivity and income. Ensuring the resilience of rural communities requires an approach that is mindful of the environment, that leverages the power of technological innovation and creates stable and rewarding employment opportunities."
"Zero Hunger campaign moves beyond conflict-resolution and economic growth, by taking the long-term approach to build peaceful, inclusive societies. While millions go hungry, 672 million people suffer from obesity, and a further 1.3 billion are overweight."
So how can we all change this? By making Zero Hunger become a reality!
What can I do to help achieve #ZeroHunger? Wasting less, eating better and adopting a sustainable lifestyle are key to building a world free of hunger. The choices FAO make today are vital for a secure future of food. Here’s a list of simple actions to help you make #ZeroHunger way of life, to help re-connect to food and what it stands for.
DON'T WASTE FOOD
If you have leftovers, freeze them for later, or use them as an ingredient in another meal. When you eat at a restaurant, ask for half a portion if you’re not feeling too hungry, or take your leftovers home.
PRODUCE MORE, WITH LESS
With a growing population expected to reach in 9 billion in 2050, farmers should find new, more productive ways to farm food and diversify their crops. Using an integrated farming approach will not only help farmers increase their crops’ yield, and thus their profits, but can also improve the quality of their farmland.
ADOPT A MORE HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE DIET
Life is fast-paced and trying to fit in preparing nutritious meals can be a challenge if you don't know how. Nutritious meals don't have to be elaborate. In reality, they can be cooked in a quick and easy way while using only a few ingredients. Share your quick nutritious recipes with your family, friends, colleagues and online. Follow sustainable chefs and bloggers online to learn new recipes or talk to your local farmer to see how they cook their produce at home.
ADVOCATE FOR #ZEROHUNGER!
Everyone has a role to play in achieving #ZeroHunger, but countries, institutions and people need to work together to reach this goal. Establish ZeroHunger partnerships, share knowledge and resources, develop innovative strategies and discover new opportunities to contribute to the fight against hunger. Raise the topic with your local and national authorities, promote related educational programs in your community and amplify the #ZeroHunger message through your network.
So Are You Ready to Get Started!
What would you like to do to achieve #ZeroHunger?