World Food Day 2015

Today is World Food Day, going around on Twitter as #WFD2015.

What is World Food Day?

I tried to find a summary of what the event is, and the best I could find was one written on the site www.worldfooddayusa.org. It says:

World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. On October 16, people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero.

The reason it’s celebrated on the 16th of October is because the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was formed that day in 1945 – 70 years ago. Those who got together to form the organization saw a world where countries worked together to solve hunger and malnutrition.

The event is primarily celebrated with the World Food Prize, which was created in 1986 to honour individuals working to create innovation and improve global food security and advance human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The idea for the prize came from Norman Borlaug, an agronomist who worked on plant genetics so that yields could be increased to improve food security. Because of his efforts, Borlaug was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1970.

This year the prize was awarded to Sir Frazle Hasan Abed of Bangledesh, the founder of the extremely effective Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee. The Committee has had a tremendous impact on the lives of 150 million people worldwide and has helped them escape poverty and improve their food security.

Apart from the World Food Prize, numerous events take place around the world. I think it’s important that we continue to give attention to the fact that not everyone has enough to eat. If you live in the West you (we, I) are lucky to have so much choice and abundance of what to eat, but this isn’t the case for everyone. We still need advancements and we still need people, organizations and businesses working to solve this paramount problem.

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