FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.
For all of us, it is an opportunity to reflect on whether all people in the world have the same conditions to provide food for their children and for themselves, and how we approach ourselves in what is considered to be our “normal day food”. Morning coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in the meantime something small and sweet. We rarely think of what we eat and even less of those who have not been lucky to be born in similar conditions. Let’s try to think about how it looks elsewhere. Here are ten facts you should know about hunger:
Fact 1: The world produces enough food to feed everyone, yet, about 800 million people suffer from hunger. That is one in nine people. 60% of them are women.
Fact 2: About 80% of the world’s extreme poor live in rural areas. Most of them depend on agriculture.
Fact 3: Hunger kills more people every year than malaria, tuberculosis and aids combined.
Fact 4: Around 45% of infant deaths are related to malnutrition.
Fact 5: The cost of malnutrition to the global economy is the equivalent of USD 3.5 trillion a year.
Fact 6: 1.9 billion people – more than a quarter of the world’s population – are overweight.
Fact 7:One third of the food produced worldwide is lost or wasted.
Fact 8: The world will need to produce 60 percent more food by 2050 to feed a growing population.
Fact 9: No other sector is more sensitive to climate change than agriculture.
Fact 10: FAO works mainly in rural areas, in 130 countries. They work with governments, civil society, the private sector and other partners to achieve #ZeroHunger.
Let’s try to think about how our world will look like in 20-30 years. Let’s be more responsible about eating and, above all, think about how much “edible waste” we produce each year. And how many people could survive thanks to our more responsible approach.