World Food Day

October 14, 2019
A translation for this article is available in French

Each year on Oct. 16, the United Nations celebrates World Food Day. The theme this year is “Healthy diets for a Zero Hunger world,” drawing the connection between nutrition and Sustainable Development Goal #2: zero hunger.

A healthy diet includes lots of vegetables, fruit, nuts, and whole grains, with less sugar, fats, salt, and refined starches. The World Health Organization has produced “5 keys to a healthy diet,” which includes the following guidelines:

  • Breastfeed babies and young children
  • Eat a variety of foods
  • Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit
  • Eat moderate amounts of fats and oils
  • Eat less salt and sugars

Read more: https://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/5keys_healthydiet/en/

In 2017, we produced a theme pack about nutrition. You can find these resources here: http://scripts.farmradio.fm/radio-resource-packs/theme-packs-2017/nutrition-resources/

For our latest Farmer stories about nutrition, go to: http://wire.farmradio.fm/en/farmer-stories/tag/3045

Many countries have produced dietary guidelines. Find your country’s guidelines here: http://www.fao.org/nutrition/education/food-dietary-guidelines/home/en/

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has produced several tips for farmers and agribusinesses to help meet this international goal: http://www.fao.org/3/ca5481en/ca5481en.pdf

Find more resources about World Food Day: http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/communication-toolkit/en/