Every year on 16 October, World Food Day is celebrated in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The World Food Day theme for 2015 is “Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty”, which is linked to the UN EXPO 2015 theme “The Zero Hunger Challenge · United for a sustainable world”.
Since 1981, the day has been celebrated widely by many organizations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
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; and
- strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty and draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development.
Ending hunger is everyone’s responsibility, and one can make simple changes to make an impact through one’s everyday decisions and actions. Fundings towards food programs has decreased the last decade, even though the need for support has grown. At DEPDC, we do our best to provide the children with lunch, the children are taught how to grow vegetables, and how to make the most out of what they got. Our goal is to make them able to provide for themselves in the long run and we are blessed to be able to make a huge impact through our everyday decisions and actions.