World Food Day 2020: Why is the day celebrated?

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

16th Oct, 2020. 03:58 pm
World Food Day 2020

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) mark 16th October as World Food Day. 

Date and history

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) chose October 16 of every year as World Food Day in the year 1979. According to the international news agency, the day is also marked as the 75th anniversary of FAO. The day was initially celebrated to mark the establishment of FAO. However, the day gradually turned into a global event to create awareness about food shortage and food systems across the world.

Theme this year

In wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the day will be celebrated with the theme – “Grow, nourish, sustain. Together. Our actions are our future.”


Several programs and activities are organized on this day to highlight and take required actions for food security and good nutrition for all. Poor and vulnerable communities around the world are focused more. 

What does FAO say?

FAO says on its official website, “World Food Day is calling for global solidarity to help all populations, and especially the most vulnerable, to recover from the crisis, and to make food systems more resilient and robust so they can withstand increasing volatility and climate shocks, deliver affordable and sustainable healthy diets for all, and decent livelihoods for food system workers. This will require improved social protection schemes and new opportunities offered through digitalization and e-commerce, but also more sustainable agricultural practices that preserve the Earth’s natural resources, our health, and the climate.”

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