World Food Day: Change the future of migration

Why World Food Day?

World Food Day is celebrated every year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the UN Food and Agriculture organisation (FAO). The day also provides a key opportunity to focus the attention of world leaders and change makers on one of the biggest global issues of our time: Hunger.

If you are reading this, the chances are that you are committed to achieving SDG2, which aims to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote agriculture. This one day provides an opportunity for us to act as a community of influencers and this site should be able to provide the resources, tools and connections to help you do that.

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Why is the focus on migration?

According to FAO, current large movements of people are presenting complex challenges. More people have been forced to flee their homes than at any time since the Second World War due to increased conflict and political instability. Conflict and climate change are inextricably linked to people’s ability to access food and are important factors contributing to the migration challenge.

In order to achieve zero hunger and food security, we must also eliminate the conditions that force people to leave their homes. Resilient livelihoods, safety, and the right agricultural conditions are critical to enabling people to create a secure and safe space to live and access food.

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What can Hub members do?

Achieving the 17 SDGs cannot happen without ending hunger, and without having sustainable and resilient, climate-compatible agriculture and food systems that provide for people without harming our planet.

Moreover, we know that eradicating hunger is realistically achievable – out of 129 countries monitored by FAO, 72 already achieved the target of halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015.

Please use the below resources to attend events around World Food Day where you will be able to add your voice to the discussion. You can access a number of reports and resources that outline what has been achieved and what we are on course to achieve. You can also help to promote the goal of SDG2 on the day dedicated to focusing on this important issue. You can access everything you might need to support your activities right here on this page.



Commemoration of the World Food Day at the UN Headquarters

When: 16 October 2017 at 1:15-2:30pm

Where: Conference Room 12, United Nations, New York

Join a World Food Day commemorative event at which speakers will discuss and exchange ideas on rural migration and food security. to enquire, please contact:

World Food Day ceremony at FAO HQ

When: 16 October 

Where: FAO HQ

The Director-General of FAO will be joined by Pope Francis and Ministers of Agriculture attending the Group of Seven (G7) meetings for the official ceremony on 16 October at FAO Headquarters. For the first time, the Pope will attend in person and call on the international community to change the future of migration.

Towards Zero Hunger event at FAO

When: 16 October

Where: FAO HQ

FAO Ambassadors for Zero Hunger will unite and discuss their efforts to action Zero Hunger initiatives in their respective regions. The FAO publication “Towards Zero Hunger”, which explores FAO’s efforts to end hunger and malnutrition over the past 72 years, will also be launched during the event.

World Food Day – Zero Hunger for the Cities

This campaign is being promoted among over 140 cities committed to the “Milan Urban Food Policy Pact”, the first international protocol that calls for cities to develop sustainable food systems that grant healthy and accessible food to all. In the run-up to World Food Day, JCDecaux London will promote the campaign on billboards in key locations throughout the city.

WFD in Cote D’Ivoire 

FAO, IFAD and WFP representatives in Côte d'Ivoire will be joined by a representative of the Ministry of African Integration and the Ministry of Agriculture and Sustainable Development, and professional organizations for a RoundTable on the theme “Change the future of migration. Agricultural kits will be distributed to food producers, and delegates attending the event will have the chance to view an exhibition on FAO’s work in Côte d'Ivoire.

Read and share

FAO World Food Day tools

The Chefs' Manifesto: Get Involved

Global Citizen World Food Day Campaign

The World Food Programme: The cost of a plate of food

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Raise awareness!

Please promote World Food Day 2017 on your channels using #WFD2017 and tag @SDG2AdvocacyHub where possible.

Postcards and suggested posts for specific campaigns can be found at the above links, and general posts can be accessed below.