World Food Day on October 16, coincides with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1945. This year will mark the 35th year that World Food Day has been observed worldwide.
The theme for World Food Day 2015 is “Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty”. For more on what can be done to address the Zero hunger challenge pop over to the World Food Programme or the Zero Hunger Challenge websites.
It is estimated that at least one in nine people go to bed hungry worldwide. In order to achieve the goal of zero hungry people, the Zero Hunger Challenge proposes the following:
- Zero stunted children less than 2 years
- 100 percent access to adequate food all year round
- All food systems are sustainable
- 100 percent increase in smallholder productivity and income
- Zero loss or waste of food.
The World Food programme has identified three routes to achieving Zero Hunger.
- Nutrition support – assists in reducing malnutrition and stunting amongst children younger than 2 years old
- School meals – provides access to food for school going children
- Help to poor farmers – increases smallholder productivity by providing practical advice on farming and selling their produce
Now you’re probably wondering ‘what does this have to do with me’? Or, if you have adequate nutrition for your family or already able to grow your own food, then you are probably wondering how you can join in the Zero Hunger Challenge.
The first step is by eliminating or reducing food waste in our own homes. World Food Day is our opportunity to take on the challenge of eliminating or reducing food waste in our own homes by following these easy 7 Tips to reduce food waste.
The following infographic has been provided by Helpling, an online cleaning platform in the UAE.
Please note that I have not verified the statistics given below nor do I attest to their accuracy.