World Food Day is observed every year on 16 October in remembrance of the day when the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations was founded in 1945. The primary focus is to tackle global hunger and strive to eradicate hunger across the world. In 2020, the World Food Day will fall on a Friday. The day is celebrated by all UN member states, which includes India.
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When will World Food Day be Celebrated in 2020
Like every year, the World Food Day will be celebrated on the 16th of October 2020, which falls on a Friday. The theme has not been revealed yet. The World Food Day 2019 theme was ‘Zero Hunger’, with the objective of actions to make sustainable and healthy diets affordable and available to all. The Food and Agricultural Organisation states that in recent decades, we have changed our eating habits and diets due to urbanisation, globalisation and the rise of disposable income.
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World Hunger Facts
- About 821 million people are chronically undernourished, more than 785 million recorded in 2015.
- Nearly 99% of undernourished people live in developing nations.
- About 60% of the hungry people in world are women.
- About one in five births happens without a skilled birth attendant.
- Nearly 20 million infants are born each year with low birth weight, of them, 96.5% are in developing countries.
- About 50% of all deaths in children are under 5 years due to under-nutrition.
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World Food Day Themes
World Food Day has taken a different theme every year to focus on areas that require action and offer a common objective. Some of the themes for the previous World Food Day that were celebrated have been listed below:
|1981 and 1982||Food Comes First|
|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||World Food Security – The Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy|
|2009||Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis|
|2010||United Against Hunger|
|2011||Food Prices – From Crisis to Stability|
|2012||Agricultural Cooperatives – Key to Feeding the World|
|2013||Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition|
|2014||Family Farming - “Feeding the World, Caring for Earth|
|2015||Social Protection and Agriculture – Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty|
|2016||Climate Change – Climate is Changing. Food and Agriculture Must Too|
|2017||Change the Future of Migration. Invest in Food Security and Rural Development|
|2018||Our Actions are Our Future|
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