World Food Day is celebrated every year on 16 October. We all have a role to play to realize the vision of a world without hunger and malnutrition. We must not let sustainable habits fall by the wayside in times of crisis. We can make healthy food choices and do our part to reduce food waste. In addition, governments, enterprises, and organizations can share their knowledge and support sustainable, resilient food systems and livelihoods. Together, we can grow, nourish, and sustain our world.

2022 Theme: Leave NO ONE behind

2022 finds us with an ongoing pandemic, conflict, a climate that won’t stop warming, rising prices and international tensions. This is affecting global food security. We need to build a sustainable world where everyone, everywhere has regular access to enough nutritious food. No one should be left behind.

Although we have made progress towards building a better world, too many people have been left behind. People who are unable to benefit from human development, innovation or economic growth. In fact, millions of people around the world cannot afford a healthy diet, putting them at high risk of food insecurity and malnutrition. But ending hunger isn’t only about supply. Enough food is produced today to feed everyone on the planet.

The problem is access and availability of nutritious food, which is increasingly impeded by multiple challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, conflict, climate change, inequality, rising prices and international tensions. People around the world are suffering the domino effects of challenges that know no borders.

Worldwide, more than 80% of the extreme poor live in rural areas and many rely on agriculture and natural resources for their living. They are usually the hardest hit by natural and man-made disasters and often marginalized due to their gender, ethnic origin, or status. It is a struggle for them to gain access to training, finance, innovation and technologies.

Food Systems and the Environment

The way we produce and consumer food is deeply connected to our environment. While food is of course at the center of SDG2 – Zero Hunger, it is also an important component to achieve all Sustainable Development Goals. Transforming our food systems is essential to address the triple planetary crisis of biodiversity loss, climate change and pollution that we are facing today.

Role of Geneva

Our dedicated page on Food Systems and the Environment dives deeper into issues at this nexus and lists relevant actions and actors in the Geneva region. Find out more below.


Global Activities

World Food Day Ceremony and Intergenerational Dialogue

14 October 2022, 10:00 CEST | FAO Headquarters, Rome & Online, Zoom

World Food Day Poster Contest 2022

For youth aged between 5 and 19 | Deadline: 4  November 2022

Activities in Geneva

Forum de l'alimentation durable

11 – 16 October 2022 | City of Geneva and partners

World Food Day Exhibition & Free Soup

15 & 16 October 2022, 11:00 – 18:00 CEST | FAO, Fondation Partage, Ville de Genève & ma-terre | Gare Cornavin

A Table ! Mangeons local et durable

1 – 31 October 2022 | City of Geneva | Promotion of local and sustainable food

Famine: Action and Prevention

17 October 2022,  12:00 – 14:00 CEST | FAO, WFP, CIES & Graduate Institute | Geneva Graduate Institute, Room S8

État des lieux de la transition vers des systèmes alimentaires urbains durables

13 October 2022, 14:00 – 18:00 CEST | Contre la faim | Auberge des Vergers, Espl. des Récréations 21, 1217 Meyrin | In French & German

Fête de l' Agroécologie!

14 & 16 October | Fédération genevoise de cooperation & partneraires | Hépia, site de Lullier, Route de Presinge 150, 1254 Jussy

New global estimates of micronutrient deficiencies

17 October 2022, 15:30 – 17:00 CEST | Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) & Micronutrient Forum (MNF)

Illumination of the Geneva Jet d'Eau

16 October 2022, 18:30 – 22:30 CEST | SIG

World Food Day in UN cafeterias

Eldora, the UNOG Catering provider will prepare menus based on key products that are essential for diet of people in different continents and for their socio-economic development and wellbeing.

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