FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is an agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and reach Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. Every year, events are organised across the world in over 150 countries making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.
Achieving Zero Hunger is not only about addressing hunger,
but also nourishing people, while nurturing the planet. This year, World Food Day calls for action across sectors to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone. At the same time, it calls on everyone to start thinking about what we eat. The good news is that affordable solutions exist to reduce all forms of malnutrition, but they require greater global commitment and action.
In the way our food systems currently work, from agricultural production to processing and retailing, there is little space for fresh, locally produced foods. Intensified food production, combined with climate change, is causing a rapid loss of biodiversity. Today only nine plant species account for 66% of total crop production despite the fact that throughout history, more than 6000 species have been cultivated for food. A diverse variety of crops is crucial for providing healthy diets and safeguarding the environment.
What is a healthy diet?
A healthy diet is one that meets the nutritional needs of individuals by providing sufficient, safe, nutritious and diverse foods to lead an active life and reduce the risk of disease. Nutritious foods that constitute a healthy diet are not available or affordable for many people.
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