“Healthy People Depend on Healthy Food Systems”
68 years ago today the Food and Agriculture Organization was founded, and since then, every 16 October marks World Food Day. World Food Day is organized by the United Nations to raise awareness of the ongoing issues in food production and hunger.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) strives to inform people of the worldly problems with the quantity and quality of our foods, stating their objectives as the following:
to encourage attention to agricultural food production and to stimulate national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end;
to encourage economic and technical cooperation among developing countries;
to encourage the participation of rural people, particularly women and the least privileged categories, in decisions and activities influencing their living conditions;
to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world;
to promote the transfer of technologies to the developing world; and
to strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development.
A great way to help end hunger is by sharing a plate with someone in need, whether it be through Casserole by cooking and older neighbor a home cooked meal, or through donating food to Food Banks, such as our friends at Tower Hamlets Foodbank. It can be a little or it can be a lot, but any help goes a long way in the aid to end hunger.
To learn more about what the FAO is doing to help secure better food systems, or to get involved, visit http://www.fao.org/getinvolved/worldfoodday/home/en/.