World Food Day 2019! Our actions are our future
Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHumger World.
World Food Day is an annual event celebrated on 16th October. World Food day is a day to raise a voice and do collective action to tackling global hunger. In this occasion, World Food Day calls for action across sectors to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone.
The theme for World Food Day 2019 is ”Our Actions Are Our Future. Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World.”
- While over 800 million suffer from hunger, over 670 million adults and 120 million boys and girls (5–19) are obese and over 40 million children under five are overweight.
- Over 150 million children under five are stunted and over 50 million are affected by wasting.
- Unhealthy diets, combined with sedentary lifestyles, have overtaken smoking as the world’s number one risk factor for disability and death worldwide.
- Most of the world’s population live in countries where overweight and obesity kill more people than hunger.
- Different forms of malnutrition can co-exist within the same household and even the same individual during their life and can be passed from one generation to the next.
- An estimated USD two trillion is spent each year to treat health problems caused by obesity.
- Billions of people lack the nutrients their bodies need to lead an active and healthy life.
- Environmental damage caused by the food system could increase 50 to 90 percent, due to the increased consumption of processed foods, meat and other animal-source products in low and middle-income countries.
- Of some 6 000 plant species cultivated for food throughout human history, today only eight supply more than 50 percent of our daily calories. We need to eat a wide variety of nutritious foods.
- Climate change threatens to reduce both the quality and quantity of crops, lowering yields. Rising temperatures are also exacerbating water scarcity, changing the relationship between pests, plants and pathogens and altering the size of fish.
Source of Info: Communication tool kit FAO
The 2019 Global Hunger Index Report (2019 GHI)
FAO World Food Day Poster contest (Age 5-19)
7th Annual Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition Scientific Symposium on Agriculture