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World Food Day History

World Food Day is a global observance that aims to raise awareness about food security, poverty, and hunger issues affecting millions worldwide. The main focus of this observance is to facilitate discourse on sustainable agriculture, resource distribution, and policy interventions to support people who are vulnerable to food insecurity. Key aspects of this day include promoting global solidarity to fight against hunger and advocating for people's right to safe and nutritious food.

Established in 1979 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, World Food Day is observed annually on October 16th to honour the founding date of FAO. In India, the relevance of this observance is quite significant, given the country's large population and the existing challenge of addressing hunger and food scarcity. India ranks 94 out of 107 countries on the Global Hunger Index and faces the critical task of providing sustainable and inclusive food and nutrition security for its citizens. Therefore, World Food Day serves as a reminder for policymakers, civil society, and the public to come together and address these pressing concerns.

In India, events such as panel discussions, webinars, and community drives are organized to mark World Food Day. These programs emphasize the importance of sustainable agriculture practices, innovations in food production, and spreading awareness about reducing food wastage. The Indian government also assists in various initiatives under its National Food Security Act to ensure no citizen goes hungry. Schools and colleges nationwide organize lectures, seminars, and workshops to educate students about the importance of food security, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture. Every year on October 16th, these events unite Indians to work together towards a hunger-free and sustainable world.

World Food Day facts

  • The theme for World Food Day in 2023 was Food standards save lives.
  • Approximately 1/3 of all food produced worldwide, about $1 trillion dollars worth, is wasted. The biggest culprits are industrialized countries; they waste almost as much food as the entire production weight of sub-Saharan Africa- 222 million vs 230 million tons.
  • Sugarcane is the most produced crop worldwide, followed by maize, rice, wheat, potatoes, soybeans, cassava, tomatoes, bananas, onions, apples, and grapes
  • India is the world's largest producer, consumer and exporter of spices, with a 48% share in the global spice market.
  • Traditionally, Indians eat meals while seated on the floor and use their hands instead of utensils. This practice is believed to connect one to their food and enhance the eating experience.

Top things to do in India for World Food Day

  • Do not waste food. World Food Day promotes Think. Eat. Save. as a way to reduce waste. Think about what you’re buying, plan meals and shop smart. Eat mindfully. Are your eyes too big for your stomach? Save food, save money, save the environment.
  • Purchase fresh produce, grains, and spices from local farmers and support their livelihoods. Encourage sustainable agriculture by making conscious choices about where you source your food.
  • Collect non-perishable food items from your community and donate them to local shelters or food banks. Spread awareness about food wastage and encourage others to give back.

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