World Food Day 2021 celebrations began on October 15 2021, with a global event where participants noted that while the challenges of global hunger, climate crisis and COVID-19 remain formidable, there is also a new momentum and energy behind efforts to transform our agri-food systems, making them more fit for purpose.
The celebrations included interventions of QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP).
Pope Francis sent a message to the World Food Day event that was read by Monsignor Fernando Chica Arellano, Holy See Permanent Observer at FAO.
Also, Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella sent a message that was read by Vincenza Lomonaco, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Italy to FAO.
The theme of this year’s World Food Day, “Our actions are our future,” calls on everyone to be a food hero contributing to the transformation of agri-food systems for Better Production, Better Nutrition, a Better Environment and a Better Life, leaving no one behind.
World Food Day is celebrated on 16 October every year to commemorate FAO’s founding on that day in 1945.
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