On October 16 the world will celebrate World Food Day, a global movement to end hunger. This year’s theme is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too”. The FAO wants to give an opportunity to university students to join global efforts to achieve Zero Hunger.
In September 2015, 193 countries adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and in doing so, committed to end hunger by 2030. The next step is to unite efforts and work together towards this goal - governments, international organizations, the private sector, academia, farmers, and also the general public all have a role to play.
Without addressing climate change, this important goal cannot be reached. Climate change is affecting the health of our planet and changing our world. It is causing more natural disasters and environmental problems, which make it harder for us to grow food. In order to feed a growing population set to reach 9.6 billion by the year 2050, we will have to learn to grow what we need in a sustainable way.
Students and young farmers are the Zero Hunger Generation. We must encourage them to take lead in ending hunger by 2030. The more we engage them in the dialogue surrounding their future and stimulate their thoughts and opinions, the more we can prepare them to tackle climate change and world hunger.
This is why FAO is encouraging participation in the 2016 World Food Day. There are many ways to participate, including:
- Share this message with university faculty or student associations
- Participating in the World Food Day poster contest for 5 to 19 year olds
- Participating in the World Food Day video contest for 13-19 year olds
- Use FAO World Food Day posters, brochures, activity book, and social media materials to create an interactive learning environment for World Food Day
- Promote activities through social media with the hashtag #WFD2016
- Organize an event to raise awareness of World Food Day and the climate change theme
Learn more about World Food Day, and the exciting opportunities ahead here.