The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has designated Oct. 16 of each year as World Food Day. The 2014 World Food Day theme — “Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth” — has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. It focuses world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment and achieving sustainable development, particularly in rural areas.
In honor of World Food Day, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is highlighting eight solutions for feeding the world from its FutureFood 2050 project and website. They include articles featuring Kofi Annan, M.S. Swaminathan, Sylvia Earle and more. The eight suggestions:
1. Watch an interactive video infographic on food waste
2. Learn about food security in Africa
3. Read this article on M.S. Swaminathan on sustainable agriculture
4. Listen to National Geographic Oceanographer Sylvia Earle share aquaculture solutions
5. Learn how reinvestment in Africa creates a sustainable business model for the future
6. See the latest insights on meat alternatives
7. Read an interview on creating greater abundance of crops to feed a booming population
8. Learn about the important role of women in combating world hunger
FutureFood 2050 is a multi-year program highlighting the people and stories leading the efforts in finding solutions to a healthier, safer and better nourished planet to feed 9 billion-plus people by 2050. Through 2015, the program will release 75 interviews with the world’s most impactful leaders in food and science. Next year, FutureFood 2050 will also debut a documentary film exploring how the science of food will contribute solutions to feeding the world.
For more information, visit FutureFood2050.com.