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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

World Food Day 2014, October 16th.

 Всемирный день продовольствия, 16 октября.
World Food Day,16 October.
Día Mundial de la Alimentación, 16 de octubre.
 Journée mondiale de l'alimentation, 16 octobre.
Giornata mondiale dell'alimentazione, 16 ottobre.
يوم الأغذية العالمي , 16 أكتوبر/ تشرين 

The 2014 :  "Feeding the world, caring for the earth"
 FAO celebrates World Food Day on 16 October.

 Family Farming is the focus of World Food Day 2014.

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, in particular in rural areas. 

The UN General Assembly has designated 2014 “International Year of Family Farming.” This is a strong signal that the international community recognizes the important contribution of family farmers to world food security. 

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva invites all stakeholders to take part in the Global Dialogue on Family Farming, 27-28 October, Rome

Launch of FAO’s State of Food and Agriculture report on Family Farming; Committee on World Food Security to address responsible investment in agriculture.

Every year on World Food Day, 16 October, FAO and its member countries commemorate the founding of FAO in 1945. This year World Food Day will focus on family farming. Please find below a list of the main activities around World Food Day/World Food Week taking place at FAO headquarters in Rome.

All events are open to the media and will also be webcast live.

Wednesday, 15 October

10.00h - Ahead of World Food Day, Li Keqiang, Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China, will meet FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and at 10.00 deliver a speech on China's accomplishments and contribution to global food security and agricultural development.

15.00h -
Launch of the Thomson Reuters Foundation's online hunger and nutrition news platform, which is supported by FAO as part of a recently agreed partnership.

The platform aims to improve global information and awareness on hunger and food-related issues including food production, food security, food waste, agriculture, land use, and malnutrition. The launch event also includes a roundtable discussion titled "Feeding the global family: Does climate change put us all at risk?". Panelists include representatives of FAO, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, civil society and the private sector.
More information on the FAO-Thomson Reuters Foundation partnership can be found here.

Thursday, 16 October

10.00h - Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development and John Kufuor, Former President of the Republic of Ghana, will be the keynote speakers at the World Food Day ceremony.

The 2014 World Food Day theme Family Farming: "Feeding the world, caring for the earth" - focuses world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger, poverty and malnutrition and achieving sustainable development.
More information is available on the World Food Day website.

11.45h - Press conference to launch of FAO's annual flagship publication The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA).
The report focuses this year on innovation in family farming. The report which will be presented by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, highlights the need to promote the sustainable development of the more than 500 million family farms that manage the majority of the world's agricultural land and produce most of the world's food.

14.30h - Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and EU Commissioner Dacian Ciolos
will take part in a Special Event organized jointly by CFS, World Food Day and the International Year of Family Farming entitled "Innovation in Family Farming: Towards Ensuring Food Security and Nutrition"

Friday, 17 October

10.00h - Signing ceremony for the memorandum of understanding between FAO and National Geographic to raise awareness on food and agriculture issues with FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and National Geographic Chief Content Officer, Chris Johns and Deputy Creative Director and Future of Food Project Leader Kaitlin Yarnall.

The event also sees the inauguration of an exhibit showcasing National Geographic magazine's "The Future of Food" series.  More information on the FAO-National Geographich partnership can be found here.

15.30h -Official awards presentation for the
Short Food Movie Competition will take place at a media event at Teatro Studio G. Borgna - Auditorium Parco della Musica during the Rome Film Festival. Italian Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies, Maurizio Martina, Italian Minister of Heritage, Cultural Activity and Tourism, Dario Franceschini and the UN Commissioner for Expo Milano 2015, Eduardo Rojas will speak at the event.

The Short Food Movie initiative is a global open call for videos inspired by the theme for Expo Milano 2015, " Feeding the planet. Energy for Life". The initiative includes a UN category dedicated to the Zero Hunger Challenge, which calls for videos about any of the five pillars of the Zero Hunger Challenge or the UN focus area for Expo Milano 2015, women's empowerment and gender equality. More information can be found here.

Sunday, 19 October

10.00h - The 9th edition of Hunger Run, the annual, open to the public race and non-competitive run/walk, will see registration fees target the poorest of the poor and go towards projects that improve their ability to produce and access food, and that ultimately improve people's lives. The run is organized by Gruppo Sportivo Bancari Romani on behalf of the FAO, IFAD, WFP, Bioversity International with the collaboration of sponsors and partners.Learn more about Hunger Run 2014.

 Join the forum : World Food Day - 16 October
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Worldwide call for short food movies

 Watch this week's events at FAO live

 The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014

 ° The latest FAO estimates indicate that global hunger reduction continues: about 805 million people are estimated to be chronically undernourished in 2012–14, down more than 100 million over the last decade, and 209 million lower than in 1990–92. In the same period, the prevalence of undernourishment has fallen from 18.7 to 11.3 percent globally and from 23.4 to 13.5 percent for developing countries.

° Since 1990-92, 63 countries have reached the hunger target of MDG-1 and 25 countries have achieved the more stringent WFS target. Of the 63 developing countries, 11 already had undernourishment levels below 5 percent (the methodological limit that can assure significance of the results different from zero) in 1990-1992 and have been able to keep it in that interval, and are therefore not the prime focus of the 2014 report.

° The figures demonstrate that the hunger target of the Millennium Development Goal – of halving the proportion of undernourished people in developing countries by 2015 – is within reach.
Despite overall progress, marked differences across regions persist. Latin America and the Caribbean have made the greatest overall progress in increasing food security with modest progress in sub-Saharan Africa and Western Asia, which have been afflicted by natural disasters and conflict.

° Sustained political commitment at the highest level, with food security and nutrition as top priorities, is a prerequisite for hunger eradication. The case studies of the State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014 report show that regions such as Africa and the Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as individual countries have strengthened their political commitment to food security and nutrition.

° Hunger reduction requires an integrated approach, and needs to include: public and private investments to raise agricultural productivity; better access to inputs, land, services, technologies and markets; measures to promote rural development; social protection for the most vulnerable, including strengthening their resilience to conflicts and natural disasters; and specific nutrition programmes, particularly to address micronutrient deficiencies in mothers and children under five.

SOFI 2014 :Strengthening the enabling environment for food security and nutrition

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