World Food Day is a global event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-around action to alleviate hunger. October 16th is the day that the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was formed in 1945. The concept for the FAO was conceived by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943 to deal with the food and agriculture issues that would result after WWII. It has since been observed every year in more than 150 countries to:
- heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world;
- encourage attention to agricultural food production and to stimulate national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end;
- promote the transfer of technologies to the Third World;
- strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development;
- encourage the participation of rural people, particularly women and the least privileged categories, in decisions and activities influencing their living conditions;
- encourage economic and technical cooperation among developing countries.
The Borgen Project urges you to participate locally if you cannot participate globally – donate food to a local food center, homeless shelter or community organization. In conjunction with Stand Up, October 16th is a powerful day to make a global statement about poverty and basic human needs.
“Hunger is not an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice.”
Jacques Dfour, FAO Director-general