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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