World Food Day (WFD) was established by FAO's Member Countries at the Organization's Twentieth General Conference in November 1979. The date chosen - 16 October - is the anniversary of FAO.
It has since been observed every year in more than 150 countries.
WFD provides a reminder of FAO's constant search for a long-term solution to the problem of hunger and poverty in the world. WFD was created with the goal that "food for all" should become a human right for present and future generations.
WFD's objectives are:
· to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world;
· to encourage attention to agricultural food production and to stimulate national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end;
to promote the transfer of
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· to strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development;
· to encourage the participation of rural people, particularly women and the least privileged categories, in decisions and activities influencing their living conditions;
· to encourage economic and technical cooperation among developing countries.
WFD activities are organized mainly by participating countries, with due assistance from FAO. The Unit for Liaison with National Committees (GIDN) at FAO Headquarters assists in the coordination of various programmes under the overall aegis of the General Affairs and Information Department.
WFD activities are carried out at local, national, regional and international levels. FAO Representatives and designated WFD Officers assist National WFD Committees and other participating organizations who decide the activities at the national level. In addition, a ceremony at FAO Headquarters is held on 16 October. Observances are also held by the FAO Regional Offices.
In 1981 and 1982 the various initiatives were carried out under the theme "Food Comes First". Since 1983 an annual theme has been chosen in order to provide a common focus for WFD activities, as follows:
1983 Food Security
1984 Women in Agriculture
1985 Rural Poverty
1986 Fishermen and Fishing Communities
1987 Small Farmers
1988 Rural Youth
1989 Food and the Environment
1990 Food for the Future
1991 Trees for Life
1992 Food and Nutrition
1993 Harvesting Nature's Diversity
1994 Water for Life
1995 Food for All
1996 Fighting Hunger and Malnutrition
1997 Investing in Food Security
1998 Women Feed the World
1999 Youth Against Hunger
2000 A Millennium Free from Hunger
2001 Fight Hunger to Reduce Poverty
2002 Water: Source of Food Security
2004 Biodiversity for Food Security
2005 Agriculture and the 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
Stamp catalogue - 1981
Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Stamp catalogue - 1982
Stamp catalogue - 1984