World Food Day is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger. Held annually on 16th October celebrating the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The focus of the day is that food is a basic and fundamental human right. Yet, in a world of billions, over 820 million people worldwide suffer from chronic undernourishment, 60% women and almost 5 million children under the age of 5 die of malnutrition-related causes every day. People from around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide hunger from our lifetime. Events are organized 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.
I celebrated the 16th of October this year by participating in the World Food Day Colloquium 2019 organized by the Food Security Center (FSC) at the University of Hohenheim, Germany. FSC is one of the five DAAD EXCEED – Excellence Centers for Exchange and Development at German universities funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). FSC focus is to establish international networks in the field of food security for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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