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World Food Day

  • 17 Oct 2022
  • 6 min read

Why in News?

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

  • FAO is a specialised agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.

What are the Key Highlights of World Food Day 2022?

  • About:
  • Theme: Leave No One Behind.
  • Significance:
    • As a global community, we each have a role to play in bringing forward those left behind by making our agrifood systems more inclusive and sustainable.
    • Promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all.
    • Many awareness initiatives are also held to educate people about malnutrition and obesity, both of which cause major health consequences.

What is the Status of Global Hunger according to Various Reports?

  • The Hunger Hotspots Outlook (2022-23), a report by the FAO and World Food Programme (WFP) — forebodes escalating hunger, as over 205 million people across 45 countries will need emergency food assistance to survive.
  • The Global Report on Food Crises 2022 released in May by the Global Network against Food Crises underscored that about 180 million people across 40 countries will face inescapable food insecurity.
  • Global Hunger Report, 2022: Globally, the progress against hunger has largely stagnated in recent years, with a global score of 18.2 in 2022 as compared to 19.1 in 2014, there is only a slight improvement,
    • Barring war-torn Afghanistan, India has performed worse than all the countries in the South Asian region in the the Global Hunger Index 2022.
      • It has ranked 107 out of 121 countries.

What are the Related Indian Initiatives?

UPSC Civil Services Examination Previous Year Question (PYQ)

Q. Which of the following are the objectives of ‘National Nutrition Mission’? (2017)

  1. To create awareness relating to malnutrition among pregnant women and lactating mothers.
  2. To reduce the incidence of anaemia among young children, adolescent girls and women.
  3. To promote the consumption of millets, coarse cereals and unpolished rice.
  4. To promote the consumption of poultry eggs.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 1, 2 and 3 only 
(c) 1, 2 and 4 only
(d) 3 and 4 only

Ans: (a)


  • National Nutrition Mission (POSHAN Abhiyaan) is a flagship programme of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, GoI, which ensures convergence with various programmes like Anganwadi services, National Health Mission, Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, Swachh-Bharat Mission, etc.
  • The goals of National Nutrition Mission (NNM) are to achieve improvement in nutritional status of children from 0-6 years, adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers in a time bound manner during the next three years beginning 2017- 18. Hence, 1 is correct.
  • NNM targets to reduce stunting, under-nutrition, anaemia (among young children, women and adolescent girls) and reduce low birth weight of babies. Hence, 2 is correct.
  • There is no such provision relating to consumption of millets, unpolished rice, coarse cereals and eggs under NNM. Hence, 3 and 4 are not correct. Therefore, option (a) is the correct answer

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