World Food Day 16 October and the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021

World Food Day on 16 October is one of the most celebrated United Nations International Days. It is a day to promote worldwide awareness and action for people who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), more than 3 billion people (almost 40 % of the world’s population) cannot afford a healthy diet. We need sustainable agri-food systems that are capable of nourishing 10 billion people by 2050.

Sustainable Development Goals 2, 3 and 12

Sustainable agri-food systems are important for the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2, 3 and 12. 

SDG 2 – Zero Hunger 
Sustainable Development Goal number 2, Zero Hunger, aims to end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round. 
SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being for all
Sustainable Development Goal number 3, Good Health and Well-being, aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. One program that FAO together with the World Health Organization (WHO) has promoted since 2003 is the Fruit and Vegetables for Health Initiative. According to FAO and WHO, low intake of fruit and vegetables is among the top 10 risk factors for mortality in the world. 
SDG 12 – Sustainable Consumption and Production
Sustainable Development Goal number 12, Sustainable Consumption and Production, aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. 

The United Nations World Food Programme, the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, has started the initiative Stop the Waste (promoted with the hashtag #StopTheWaste). The World Food Programme (WFP) is using food assistance to build a pathway to peace and stability.

Did you know?

According to the World Food Programme, 14 million people are food insecure in Afghanistan. Only five percent of Afghan families have enough to eat.

On 21 September 2021, the International Day of Peace, ten World Food Programme trucks reached Afghanistan through the Chaman-Spin Boldak border with Pakistan.

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