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World Food Day

Tuzamurane cooperative members in Eastern Rwanda Photo: Aurelie Marrier d'Unienville / Oxfam

This World Food Day, we’re putting the spotlight on powerful women on the front lines of the hunger crisis. Why? Because if women had access to the same resources as men, they could end hunger for 100-150 million people.

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.

Host a hunger banquet

Oxfam Hunger Banquet® events give you the opportunity to make a difference, both locally and globally. They are volunteer-led interactive events that bring statistics about poverty to life. 

These events help increase our power to respond to global crises, highlight issues of injustice, and change the laws that keep people trapped in poverty.

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