About World Food Day

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. Events are organized throughout September and October in over 150 countries across the world, 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. World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030  - and to call on everyone to do their part.

The world is on the move. Hunger, poverty, and an increase in extreme weather events linked to climate change are important factors contributing to the challenges faced by countries. Three-quarters of the extreme poor base their livelihoods on agriculture or other rural activities. Creating conditions that allow rural people, especially youth, to have more resilient livelihoods, is a crucial component of any successful country.

Rural development can address factors that compel people to move by creating business opportunities and jobs for young people that are not only crop-based (such as small dairy or poultry production, food processing or horticulture enterprises). It can also lead to increased food security, more resilient livelihoods, better access to social protection, and reduced conflict over natural resources and solutions to environmental degradation and climate change.  

Agriculture and rural development can address issues such as rural poverty, food insecurity, inequality, unemployment and natural resource depletion. Rural poor especially smallholder family farmers face considerable difficulties in accessing financial support, services, technologies and markets which would allow them to improve the productivity of their natural resources and labor. This can lead to unstable incomes, poor safety and health conditions, gender inequality in pay and opportunities and limited social protection. These issues combined with restricted access to training, financial and extension services and processing facilities can make migrating to a more urbanized area and choosing a more conventional career choice a much more attractive prospect

How Can You Participate in CARIRI's World Food Day TT 2017?

On the day of the event the following activities will be taking place:

  • CARIRI’s WFDTT 2017 Poster Competition
  • CARIRI’s Food Safety Champion
  • Exhibition
  • Sponsor

 

Over 1000 participants are expected to attend and there will be loads of activities for the entire family. Attendees include Government Ministries, State Enterprises, Food and Beverage Manufacturers , Food Equipment Suppliers, Food and Beverage Suppliers, Food Wholesalers and retailers. Everyone from producer to consumer, has a role to play to ensure our food security. We welcome the food production chain – from farmers and manufacturers to vendors and consumers for handling and preparing food are welcome to attend.