Posts Tagged ‘World Food Day’

World Food Day is celebrated each year on 16 October to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. Events are organized in over 130 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. The collective progress made by many countries in eradicating hunger has recently taken a turn for the worse as a result of prolonged conflict, an increase in extreme weather events linked to climate change and economic slowdown. Today, 821 million people suffer chronic undernourishment, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 report. At the same time, obesity levels are rising rapidly and many countries experience the double burden of hunger and obesity. 1.9 billion people are overweight, 672 million of whom are obese. But the world can achieve Zero Hunger if we join forces across nations, continents, sectors and professions, and take account of best practices and lessons learned. This year’s World Food Day (WFD) calls for action to get back on track.

Better together: Partnership around zinc maize improves nutrition in Guatemala

October 16, 2018

On World Food Day, October 16, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) joins the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and partners around the world in their ca …


Fighting hidden hunger from the ground up: the powerful link between soils and nutritious food

October 15, 2018

Conserving organic matter in soils improves vital nutrients in wheat, according to new study in Ethiopia. On World Food Day, CIMMYT Systems Agronomist Frédéric Baudron highlights the role of healthy s …


CIMMYT has key role to address global nutrition challenges, says maize quality specialist

October 15, 2018

Natalia Palacios, CIMMYT maize quality specialist, spearheads the center’s work to raise the nutritional value of maize-based foods. Exposure to more frequent and intense climate extremes is threateni …