World Food Day and FAO at 75
Statements by FAO Director-General QU Dongyu that can be used in the lead up to or on the Day:
“The UN's food agency was born in the wake of catastrophe. Three-quarters of a century later, its mission has been made more relevant to the world at large by another global scourge.”
“At 75, FAO is far from thinking of riding off into the sunset. We are not day-dreaming either. COVID-19 has made it abundantly clear that our mission is as relevant as when our founders created FAO in 1945. Cataclysms spur renewal. The pandemic has reminded everyone that food security and nutritious diets matter to all. This is why FAO is today embarking on the next chapter in its story with a renewed sense of purpose.”
“What we now need is smart, systemic action to get the food to those who need it and improve it for those who have it. Action to prevent crops from rotting in the field, for lack of efficient supply chains. Action to enhance the use of digital tools and artificial intelligence, so as to predict threats to harvest, automatically trigger crop insurance and cut climate risk. Action to rescue biodiversity from relentless erosion. Action to turn cities into the farms of tomorrow. Action by governments to implement policies that make healthy diets more accessible. Action by agencies like FAO to turn to think-tanks and action-tanks rolled into one, linking up with the research community and the private sector to unleash the power of innovation.”
FAO experts can answer a range of questions, including:
Why are our agri-food systems out of balance?
What are the impacts of COVID-19 on food security and systems, and how can we tackle them now and in the long run?
What are some concrete ways we can build stronger and more robust agri-food systems, and build back better?
Can our cities become the farms of tomorrow? This recent FAO paper - based on responses from 800 cities and 14 case studies - highlights key food-related challenges and responses by cities during the pandemic as well as the importance of increasing local urban and peri-urban food production.
What are some of the main events that have shaped FAO, and how has agriculture evolved over the last 75 years?
Topics that can be explored with FAO experts include: healthy diets and their costs, food loss and waste, biodiversity, climate change, trade of food commodities, hunger hot spots, digital innovation in agriculture.
Food heroes' stories:
Read stories of food heroes celebrated by FAO, such as: Elijah Amoo Addo a chef in Ghana and founder of Food for All Africa, a non-profit organization that distributes food that otherwise would go to waste; members of the Centro Agroalimentare Roma food consortium who helped renew a long tradition of buying fresh, buying local, and helping neighbors in need; Raquel Diego Díaz, a Mexican anthropologist and farmer who has helped promote native varieties of corn and indigenous farming knowledge while helping local women to thrive; Naima Penniman, the Program Director of the US-based Soul Fire Farm that aims to help Black, Indigenous, and People of Color have greater say in, and control over, their food systems.
Everyone has a role to play in ensuring nutritious food is available for all – from governments, private businesses to individuals. Find out more what actions everyone can take.
SOURCE Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)