Did you know that fighting hunger and saving the planet can start right at your kitchen table? This World Food Day, October 16, support small-scale farmers with our guide to shopping and eating sustainably.
About World Food Day
On Oct. 16, 1945, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was founded, built upon "its belief that the goal of freedom from want of food, suitable and adequate for the health and strength of all people can be achieved." Celebrated around the world, World Food Day honors that day and our commitment to defeating hunger.
Many think that hunger is about too many people and too little food. But that’s not true. Our planet produces enough food to feed every woman, man, and child. Instead, hunger is about power. Its roots lie in inequalities in access to resources. Right now, many farmers in poor countries—the people who grow the food the world relies on—don’t have the power to access the resources they need to thrive.
Try a recipe
You may already be doing your part to support farmers close to home. This fall, you can also help hard-working small-scale farmers around the world just by adding a couple of simple things to your routine. Start right in your kitchen—at your kitchen table. Try one of these recipes and share them with your friends.
Eat for good offers five easy ways for people who care about hunger and farmers to help. Applying any of these principles, and encouraging your friends and family to as well, could make a real impact and help address the problem of millions of people who still don’t have enough food on their plates.
Food, farming, and hunger stories
“We have never seen two years without rain in our lifetime,” says a man named Mohammed, who used to have 400 sheep and goats and now has only 15 left. “We are in a dangerous situation—even people. If the drought continues like this, people will die.”
In Somaliland, the threat of famine looms large. Drought has forced hundreds of thousands out of their homes in search of food, water, and medicine. These are their stories.
‘I’m afraid my little son will die and I would blame myself because I couldn’t buy enough food for him.’