World Food Day - 16 October

Logo of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945.

The objectives of World Food Day are to:

  • encourage attention to agricultural food production and to stimulate national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end.
  • encourage economic and technical cooperation among developing countries.
  • encourage the participation of rural people, particularly women and the least privileged categories, in decisions and activities influencing their living conditions.
  • heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world.
  • promote the transfer of technologies to the developing world.
  • strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development.


Science of food production

Link to section of the Higher Sciences website where the challenge of feeding the human population is explored through a study of photosynthesis, plant and animal breeding and crop protection.

Global Food Security

The UK’s main public funders of food-related research and training are working together through Global Food Security to meet the challenge of providing the world’s growing population with a sustainable, secure supply of good quality food from less land and with lower inputs.

Food for our Future

This website aims to improve understanding of genetic modification (GM). It covers the perceived benefits and disadvantages as well as the ethical and moral concerns.

Food technologist

Video interviews on the World of Work Online website with a food technologist, who explains why science is vital to his job.

The Hunger Project: World Food Day 2013

The Hunger Project joins the international community in focusing on the theme: “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.”

Global food waste: The numbers behind the problem

View an infographic showing how much food is wasted every year and the environmental impact this has.

Resource calendar

Prepare for festivals, awareness days and other topical events.

Food and health

Find support for food education across Curriculum for Excellence.