World Food Day (WFD) is a day of action against hunger and was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1979. The date chosen – 16 October – is the anniversary of FAO’s founding in 1945. Each year  a general theme is chosen by the FAO—promoting a certain aspect of food security and agriculture—which can lead to the introduction and promotion of new voices in this critical conversation.
This year’s theme revolves around the United Nations’ announcement of 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. Subsequently, the FAO declared the theme of the 2014 World Food Day as Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth. This theme has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. It focuses world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.
Family farmers are all around us. They partake in a number of agricultural activities, and are affected by many policy and environmental conditions. Family farmers will be an instrumental part in feeding our world’s growing population, and educating and advocating on behalf of our farmers can go a long way in promoting a food secure world.
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