Saturday, October 16, 2021

Schools : World Food Day : "Our Actions are our Future." Be a Hero ! Join the contest !


On this day, 16 October, we celebrate the World Food DayCommemorated annually on 16 October, Secretary-General António Guterres pointed out that currently, almost 40 per cent of humanity, some three billion people, can’t afford to eat healthily.

And as hunger, undernourishment, and obesity are on the rise, the economic impacts of COVID-19“have made a bad situation even worse”, he said, noting that the pandemic has left an additional 140 million people “unable to access the food they need”.

Sustainable agri-food system is one in which a variety of sufficient, nutritious and safe foods is available at an affordable price to everyone. Nobody goes hungry or suffers from any form of malnutrition. 

Nowadays, almost 40% of the world’s population cannot afford a healthy diet and 2 billion people are overweight or obese due to a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle. 

We need to be part of the change. This World Food Day, take action, and share the message!

Theme: "Our Actions are our Future."

  • The food you choose and the way you consume it affect our health and that of our planet.

  • It has an impact on the way agri-food systems work.

  • So you need to be part of the change.

Reference this year’s theme that the power to change is in our hands, he spelled out that “our actions are our future”.

For #WorldFoodDay, ESA astronaut & FAO Goodwill Ambassador, Thomas Pesquet has a message for us all from space...

"Together we can make spaceship Earth sustainable for ourselves & the future generations."

Thomas Pesquet

World Food Day


For People & Planet:

At the same time, the way we produce, consume and waste food is taking a heavy toll on our planet. 

“It is putting historic pressure on our natural resources, climate and natural environment - and costing us trillions of dollars a year”

António Guterres, UN General-Secretary

Food & the Environment:

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the global volume of food wastage is estimated at 1.6 billion tons of “primary product equivalents.” Total food wastage for the edible part of this amounts to 1.3 billion tons. This has an impact on the environment:

Environmental impact in eco-points (EPs) per kilogram of avoidable food waste in households and the catering industry. The higher up the chart the category is, the greater the environmental impact per kilogram. 

Reusing food waste may mean that less animal feed, compost, etc. has to be produced. The environmental benefits of these savings have been taken into account in the calculation and in the chart. Image from the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN).

Reducing food losses and waste is critical to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, SDG 12 aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, which contains a wide range of targets related to food waste.


Reference this year’s theme that the power to change is in our hands, he spelled out that “our actions are our future”.

No matter our age, we can all be #FoodHeroes! Make change happen & become a food hero too!

Teach your students about the fascinating world behind food and agriculture in the World Food Day Activity Book. 

Invite them to follow the journey of food from the farm to their table and the great efforts food heroes make to get it there, no matter the circumstances. 

And help students to find out how their choices and actions can make a difference. No matter their age, they can be a food hero! 

FAO’s Activity Book Series offers children a chance to engage with global issues in a fun and educational way.

Invite students to download the book. They can as well read online here

Available: Languages

English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Armenian, Arabic, Chinese.

No matter our age, we can all be
#FoodHeroes! Make change happen & become a food hero too!

Be a Hero like Peter Rabbit:

On a windowsill, balcony or in a garden, tell your students to take some time to grow their own food! 

It's a great form of exercise and a fun activity to do alone or with family and friends. 

Taking care of our planet is important to Peter Rabbit and his friends, and now, he’s supporting the United Nations and FAO by being a food hero. 

Find out about some actions you can take to become a food hero too, from eating more fruits and vegetables to reducing food waste, buying locally grown food or even growing your own at home. 

Share these cards with your friends on social media to encourage people to take action and find more on our Trello Board.

Schools : Join the Poster Contest 

Calling all children and teens around the world! If you’re between the ages 5 to 19, we want you to use your imagination and create a poster showing a food journey

There are many different kinds of journeys that food can take, some that guarantee a healthier future for people and the planet. Choose your favourite and be creative!

Take a photo or scan your poster and submit your entry by filling out the form on our website. 

Deadline: 5 November 2021.

Three winners in each age category will be selected by a jury and announced on the website in December. 

Winners will be promoted by FAO offices around the world and receive a surprise gift bag and Certificate of Recognition.

Don't forget! 

To participate, you must be age 5 - 19. The deadline for entries is 5 November 2021.

The world is full of food heroes – from farmers to drivers, shop assistants, food bank or government representatives – who despite various challenges, work hard to make sure that food makes its way from farms to our table. Let’s celebrate their great efforts this World Food Day. And remember, you can become a food hero too!

"Our world needs more food heroes so act now!"


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