World Food Day 2020
Friday, 16 October 2020 World Food Day
Each year, over 150 countries around the world hold events to mark World Food Day, making it one of the most celebrated international days.
With the theme “Grow, nourish, sustain. Together. Our actions are our future”, World Food Day 2020 will call for more resilient and robust agri-food systems, and for global solidarity - both vital for our recovery from this crisis, and for building back better.
The Day will also provide an opportunity to thank Food Heroes – farmers and workers throughout the food supply chain - who, no matter the circumstances, continue to provide food to their communities and beyond.
Global events on 16 October 2020:
A ceremony with live speeches and video messages from FAO’s Director-General QU Dongyu; Pope Francis; Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella; UN Secretary-General António Guterres; FAO Special Goodwill Ambassadors for Nutrition – King Letsie III of Lesotho and Queen Letizia of Spain; International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) President Gilbert F. Houngbo and World Food Programme’s (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley.
A lecture, after the ceremony, by Professor Joachim von Braun from Germany on the “Role of Policy, Innovation, Bio-economy and SDGs in Agri-Food System Transformation”, followed by a Q&A session.
A video mapping show starring food heroes and celebrating FAO’s 75th anniversary, at the Colosseum and FAO headquarters’ building in Rome. The FAO Director-General and representatives of the Italian government will inaugurate the show at both locations, and then visit a traveling SDGs installation that will arrive in Rome for the Day.
For more information on World Food day: www.fao.org/world-food-day/home/en/