World Food Day
World Food Day is commemorated annually around the world on 16 October in remembrance of founding the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945 as an organisation that deals with global food and agricultural issues.
The main focus of establishing the FAO was to deal with the global physical availability of food and agricultural development after World War 2. World Food Day is commemorated widely by governments and many other organisations in the world concerned with the production, preservation and distribution of food to ensure food security. In 1979 World Food Day was proclaimed by the Conference of the FAO.
As a member state, South Africa also commemorates the day through hives of activities aimed at highlighting food and nutrition security.
- To inform South Africans on the National Policy on Food and Nutrition Security.
- To heighten public awareness on issues such as absence and scarcity of food in the country and to strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
- To promote food production and to stimulate national, bi-lateral, trans-national and non-governmental initiatives.
- To encourage research and technology development for the development of symbiotic ecological food production systems to ensure sustainable food production.
- To enhance the participation of rural people, particularly women and the under privileged in decisions and events impacting their living conditions.
- To heighten public awareness on the government programmes aimed at halving hunger in South Africa.
- To raise awareness of the public regarding the contribution of indigenous forests to food security and nutrition.
In light of the current pandemic this year, the day will be celebrated with the theme – “Grow, nourish, sustain. Together. Our actions are our future.
The SA Council for Business Women is a business network that supports all business women and we are sharing the stories of women who succeed despite challenges. In celebration of World Food Day, 2020 we share the story of Alfreda Mars, a lady who has achieved success in a predominantly male environment.