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World Food Day

  • 17 Oct 2020
  • 5 min read

Why in News

World Food Day is celebrated to commemorate the establishment of the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on 16th October 1945.

  • The Prime Minister of India released a commemorative coin of Rs. 75 denomination to mark the 75th Anniversary of the FAO.
  • FAO is a specialised agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.

Key Points

  • About World Food Day:
    • It is observed annually on 16th October to address the problem of global hunger.
    • It emphasises on the Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2) i.e. Zero Hunger.
    • Theme for 2020: “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.”
      • There has been a renewed focus on food, nutrition, health, immunity and sustainability due to the unprecedented challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • 75th Anniversary of FAO:
    • Over the years, FAO has helped to increase agricultural production and eradicate hunger all over the world, including India and has played an important role in increasing nutrition.
    • 2020's Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Programme is also a major achievement for the FAO as the programme was started by FAO.
  • Indian Context:
    • FAO has closely watched India's fight against malnutrition in the past decades but its scope had many constraints.
      • Due to reasons such as pregnancy at a young age, lack of education and information, inadequate access to drinking water, lack of cleanliness, etc. India is lagging behind in achieving the expected results of “malnutrition free India” by 2022, envisaged under the National Nutrition Mission (POSHAN Abhiyaan).
    • FAO supported India's proposal to declare 2023 as the International Year of Millets.
      • The move will encourage intake of nutritious food, increase their availability further and benefit small and medium farmers who mostly grow coarse grains on their land where there is a problem of water and the land is not so fertile.

Highlighted Indian Initiatives

Source: PIB

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