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World Food Day 2015: Social Protection and Agriculture

World Food Day is observed on 16 October to celebrate the formation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945 in Quebec, Canada. World Food Day aims at raising awareness about hunger problems in the world and to encourage people join the fight against hunger.

The theme for the World Food Day 2015 is Social Protection and Agriculture. It highlights the fact that social protection plays an important role in reducing poverty and food insecurity by ensuring direct access to food or the means to get food. In a way, social protection is a practical substitute for promoting agricultural production and local economic activity.  

What is Social Protection?

Social Protection implies to any effort which can help people in need. It can be a policy or programme which works towards reducing poverty and encourages people to overcome economic and social risks such as unemployment, sickness and disability. Social protection also includes efforts such as cash transfers, insurances and other contributions in agriculture-dependent areas.

Why is Social Protection Important to End Hunger Problems?

Providing food to poor communities when needed does not guarantee them food for lifetime. Without social protection, these poor communities are at constant risk because of economic, social and natural risks. Social protection will lead to many strategies and policies resulting in income stability, thereby empowering people to manage hunger risks in the long run. Therefore, social protection is considered an important means in making this world a Zero Hunger Zone.

World Food Day Themes

Since 1981, World Food Day has adopted different themes to highlight different agricultural aspects and problems.

1982: Food Comes First

1983: Food Security

1984: Women in Agriculture

1985: Rural Poverty

1986: Fishermen and Fishing Communities

1987: Small Farmers

1988: Rural Youth

1989: Food and the Environment

1990: Food for the Future

1991: Trees for Life

1992: Food and Nutrition

1993: Harvesting Nature's Diversity

1994: Water for Life

1995: Food for All

1996: Fighting Hunger and Malnutrition

1997: Investing in Food Security

1998: Women Feed the World

1999: Youth Against Hunger

2000: A Millennium Free from Hunger

2001: Fight Hunger to Reduce Poverty

2002: Water: Source of Food Security

2003: Working Together for an International Alliance Against Hunger

2004: Biodiversity for Food Security

2005: Agriculture and Intercultural Dialogue

2006: Investing in Agriculture for Food Security

2007: The Right to Food

2008: World Food Security: The Challenges of Climate Change and Bio-Energy

2009: Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis

2010: United Against Hunger

2011: Food Prices: From Crisis to Stability

2012: Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to Feeding the World

2013: Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition

2014: Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth

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