World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October. This day is celebrated to honour the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. On this day, a number of organisations concerned with food security, poverty, hunger and funds for development organize seminars, lecture, free food stalls, etc.
World Food Day 2019: Theme
The theme of World Food Day 2019 is “Our Actions Are Our Future. Healthy Diets for A #ZeroHunger World". This year's theme is to enlighten the world with the fact that we have changed our diets from seasonal crops and fibre-based foods to more meat-rich in fats, sugar, gluten, carbohydrates and the major reason for this has been the gradual transition from rural to urban areas.
The urban areas or the cities are fast-paced and most of the people are working regular jobs which means they have lesser time to prepare for their meals and more of the pre-cooked food is taken in.
Considering this, this year's theme focuses on providing healthy diets to everyone around the world so that the hunger problems are taken care of and a balance can be created. Obesity is a bigger problem now than before. People are dying less of hunger and more because of being over-weight. This, in return, leads to health problems related to heart, lungs, kidneys and are linked to one-fifth of deaths worldwide apart from costing $2 million to the national budgets worldwide.
As per the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, now over 670 million adults and 120 million girls and boys (5-19 years) are obese, and over 40 million children under 5 are overweight, while over 820 million people suffer from hunger.
India is ranked 102 in the Global Hunger Index which features 117 countries.