What is the Purpose of Celebrating World Food Day?

Food is something that brings people together in different ways, from family get-togethers to first dates. Everyone has different choices of foods with varieties ranging from cookies to cakes, pasta to pizza, and all of the healthy food items in between. In today’s blog, we’ll learn about the purpose, history and importance of celebrating World Food Day.

When is World Food Day Celebrated?

On October 16, World Food Day is celebrated. This year, on Monday, World Food Day will be celebrated to motivate people to take action for the future of food, the environment, people and awareness of hunger. In 1979, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced that World Food Day would be celebrated on October 16.

Why is World Food Day Celebrated?

The 2018 World Food Day theme is “Water is Life, Water is Food.” “Bring everyone with you.” Water is essential for life on Earth to exist. It covers the great majority of the planet’s surface, more than half of our bodies, produces food, and offers livelihoods. We must stop taking this invaluable resource for granted because it is finite.

What we eat and how it is generated have an impact on water quality. The United States Food and Agriculture Organization stated on their official website that “together, we can take water action for food and be the change.” On this day, organizations come together to spread awareness about how important it is for everyone to have access to food and water.

History of World Food Day

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) created World Food Day in 1979. It was established to spread awareness of world hunger and encourage action to cope with it and recalls the foundation of FAO in 1945. World Food Day is one of the most commonly identified days on the United Nations Calendar. It acts as a reminder of the importance of food security.

How to Participate in World Food Day 2023?

  • Get to know about food issues: Make sure you know about issues with the world’s food supply and sustainable farming techniques.

  • Support food banks: Donate nonperishable food items to your local food banks or volunteer to help with food distribution.

  • Advocate for policy change: Encourage local, national, and global policies and programmes that address hunger, food waste, and environmentally friendly agriculture methods.

  • Reduce food waste: Make a conscious effort to reduce food waste in your home and community.

  • Organize food drives: Plan food drives or fundraising events to collect supplies for those who are food insecure.

  • Support farmers: Buy locally sourced and sustainably made food to support small-scale farmers and sustainable agriculture.

World Food Day Theme 2023

The theme for 2023 is “Safe Food Today for a Healthy Tomorrow” which focuses on the immediate and long-term advantages for people, the economy, and the planet of producing and eating safe food.

Important Facts about World Food Day 2023

  • Production of global food is enough, yet 1 in 9 people is chronically hungry.

  • Women account for about 60% of the world’s hungry population.

  • Nearly 70% of the world’s extremely poor people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.

  • Hunger-related deaths outnumber those caused by malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS combined.

  • Undernutrition is responsible for 45% of newborn mortality, affecting 151 million children under the age of five who suffer from stunted growth.

  • Over 1.9 billion people, or 25% of the world’s population, are overweight, and 672 million of them are obese.

  • Obesity leads to 3.4 million deaths annually, killing more people than murders in some countries.

  • The economic cost of malnutrition is a staggering USD 3.5 trillion per year.


The blog covers important concepts of food on World Food Day 2023. Avoid wasting food and encourage everyone to keep food properly. Make sure to spread awareness of food inequality and food security concerns globally. Moreover, keep yourself up to date with such type of information by subscribing to Personal Care N Heal.

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