World Food Day is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger. Food is a basic and fundamental human right. Yet, in a world of billions, 805 million people worldwide live with chronic hunger. In addition five million children, under the age of five, die of malnutrition-related causes every day.
World Food Day is held annually on 16th October. People from around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide. The day also commemorates the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Events are organised in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These activities promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. The theme chosen for 2017 is ‘change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.’
Australia Awards has trained 1017 African professionals within the agriculture sector. Alumni like Susan Sithole and Liya Girma Abebe are using their skills and knowledge to contribute to the development and food security of their countries.