World Food Day

About World Food Day 

  • WFD is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945. 
  • 16th October is observed as world food day to tackle global hunger and strive to eradicate hunger across the world
  • Theme:  “Grow, nourish, sustain. Together. Our actions are our future”. 
  • WFD is an annual celebration in the honour of the founding date of the FAO launched by the United Nations in 1945 
  • World Food Day 2020 is also marked the 75th anniversary of FAO
  • Main focus this year is elimination of Trans Fats from food supply chain 
  • A food toxin present in Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (PHVOs) (e.g. vanaspati  etc.), fried foods and baked 
  • Trans Fat is major contributor to rise in non-communicable diseases in India. (Government aims to make India Trans Fat free by 2022)
  • During this event, the Minister launched the Eat Right Creativity Challenge for schools which is a poster and photography competition and aims to promote healthy dietary habits. 
  • He also launched the ‘Eat Smart City’ (challenge) by FSSAI in partnership with Smart City Mission and The Food Foundation, UK