This blog post is part of the series, where the board members of UN Youth of Helsinki write about the themes of United Nations International Days. This blog post is written by Aleksandra Reskalenko, who studies Development studies and serves as an environment officer on the board.
World Food Day
“Our Actions are our Future. A #ZeroHunger world by 2030 is possible.”
These days the world produces enough food to feed everyone, however, the reality is that still one person in nine suffers from chronic hunger. According to the FAO, 60 per cent of them are women. From infant deaths, around 45 per cent are related to undernutrition. Yet more than a quarter of the world’s population, around 1.9 billion people, are overweight. What comes as a surprise, still one-third of the food produced worldwide is lost or wasted.
World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world to commemorate the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on October 16, 1945. This year’s theme is Zero Hunger. On World Food Day, events are organized in over 130 countries. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger, the need to achieve food security, nutritious diets and zero hunger for all. The FAO’s vision of food and agriculture has been integrated into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that have consecutively been embraced by 193 countries. The SDG 2 is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
What can I do to help achieve a world with no hunger?
- Don’t waste food
- If you have leftovers, freeze them for later, or use them as an ingredient in another meal.
- When you at a restaurant, ask for half a portion if you’re not feeling too hungry, or take your leftovers home.
- Adopt a more healthy and sustainable diet
- Nutritious meals can be cooked in a quick and easy way while using only a few ingredients.
- Share your quick nutritious recipes with others.
- Follow sustainable chefs and bloggers online to learn new recipes.
- Having respect for our food means having respect for the people that give us food, the farmers, the resources that went into producing it, and those people that go without.