First celebrated in 1981 to commemorate the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945, World Food Day unifies the food security movement to raise awareness of global food and hunger issues. Each October 16, activists campaign to end hunger through grassroots efforts, hunger awareness events hosted by NGOs, and public/private sector collaboration. The aggregation of concentrated actions year-after- year has worked to draw political attention to ending world hunger.
This year, the 32nd annual World Food Day unites under the theme “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.” To provide healthy, nutritious food for the current population and to continue to provide for future generations, global food systems must be modified to produce food more efficiently, with minimal impact on the environment. The 2013 theme emphasizes sustainability throughout all areas of the food system: from production to processing, transportation to retail, and consumption to post-consumption waste.
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