Since 2009, World Food Day has been held on 16 October each year to raise awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger. This year, the theme of “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” has been chosen, with a particular focus on supporting small-scale producers and family farming to overcome food shortages in the developing world.
In Europe, the fight against hunger goes hand in hand with a sense of responsibility for the vast amount of food which is wasted each day. The French government is using World Food Day to step up its own campaign against food waste. With more than 7 million tonnes of food waste produced each year, the Ministry of Agriculture has signed a national agreement against food waste which aims to reduce the amount of good food being thrown away by 50 percent before 2025.
For the second year running, a national campaign has been set up encouraging businesses and private citizens to consider their own impact on the food chain. A series of activities, workshops and seminars have been organised across the country, inviting people to recognise and reduce the amount of waste produced within the food sector.