Every year on October 16th World Food Day celebrates the creation of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). FAO was created in Quebec, Canada in 1945. World Food Day has been celebrated in almost every country since 1979. We come together as one to try to eliminate hunger in the world, because when it comes to starvation every life lost is one too many.
Some ways that people celebrate World Food Day are hunger walks, World Food Day dinners, meal packing events, and food drives.
Wondering why you should care about chronic hunger?
You should care because having food is a basic human right, but 1 in 9 people worldwide suffer from chronic hunger. The people who suffer most are also the most vulnerable. 60% of the hungry are women, almost 5 million children under the age of 5 die of malnutrition every year, and 4 in 10 children in poor countries are so malnourished that their bodies and brains cannot develop properly.
World hunger can be eliminated in this generation when we all take a stand. Great progress has already been accomplished since FAO has been founded.
Did you know?
- If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry people in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.
- Under-nutrition is a factor in more than a third of deaths in all children under the age of 5.
- 40 countries have already met the millennium development goal #1, reducing the number of hungry people in these countries by half.
- 1/3 of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year- approximately 1.3 billion tons is lost or wasted.
- Hunger kills more people every year than malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS combined.