- October 16 -

World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organisations concerned with food security, including the World Food...

World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organisations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme.

On and around October 16, a wide-ranging program is organized at the FAO's headquarters in Rome, Italy. The program is aimed at leaders of political and non-political organizations at all levels and at increasing press attention on topical issues around food supply. Other UN organizations and universities around the world organize symposia, conferences, workshops and presentations of particular issues around food production, distribution and security. Across the globe, many different events are organized to raise awareness of problems in food supply and distribution and to raise money to support projects to aid in the cultivation of food plants and the distribution of food. An example of this is TeleFood, which funds micro projects to help small-scale farmers at the grassroots level. The projects aim to help farmers be more productive and improve both local communities' access to food and farmers' cash income. Fundraising events include sponsored sports events, charity auctions, concerts, and marches.

Background
The FAO aims to raise levels of nutrition across the globe, improve agricultural productivity at all levels, enhance the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy. It also provides assistance to countries changing their agricultural policy, to aid regions out of famine situations, to help implement appropriate technology and facilitate a neutral environment to discuss issues around food production.

At the FAO's 20th session in Rome, Italy, in November 1979 the conference called for the observance of World Food Day on October 16, 1981, and on the same date each year. The UN General Assembly ratified this decision on December 5, 1980, and urged governments and international, national and local organizations to contribute to observing World Food Day. World Food Day has been held each year since 1981.
Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Food_Day
http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/world-food-day

Categories:

You may also like...

Interesting events from Food category.

Blonde Brownie Day

Did you know that there was a blonde brownie day? Neither did I, but there it is and it happens to fall on today – January 22. I found this tid bit of info out while surfing around the web looking for random food intell. While it is not a national holiday I thought celebration of the...

World Pistachio Day

February 26th is World Pistachio Day and people across the globe will join the celebration of the nutritious green nut. The pistachio contains 3 to 4 calories per nut and offers key nutrients including, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Originating from the Middle East, pistachios are...

New Beers Eve

New Beer's Eve is an unofficial holiday in the United States, celebrating the end of Prohibition in the United States on April 6. The beginning of the end of Prohibition in the United States occurred as a result of the Cullen-Harrison Act and its signing into law by President Franklin D....

International No Diet Day

International No Diet Day (INDD) is an annual celebration of body acceptance, including fat acceptance and body shape diversity. This day is also dedicated to promoting a healthy life style with a focus on health at any size and in raising awareness of the potential dangers of dieting and the...

Culinarians Day

In other words, it is a day for the chefs. Because most people love going out to eat and ordering food that they do not have to cook, today is the day to celebrate those that make this happen. Go out to eat today and make sure to say thank you to the chefs that cook your food. They make...

Eat a Cranberry Day

Eat a Cranberry Day is celebrated on November 23rd of each year.It was created in order to promote the health benefits of cranberries. Since the early 21st century within the global functional food industry, there has been a rapidly growing recognition of cranberries for their consumer...

Download KeepIn Calendar

Enjoy the interesting stories even on your phone or tablet