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World Food Day

Published: 16 October 2020
Zero Hunger

World Food Day, a day initiated by FAO, occurs in mid-October each year to emphasise the importance of global food security, end world hunger and provide safe and nutritious food for everyone. At SLU we work with education, research and capacity development to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal #2, Zero Hunger.

FAO, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, emphasise World Food Day in October each year to spread knowledge about the global challenges within food security, the Sustainable Development Goal #2, Zero Hunger. 

"In recent decades the world has made significant progress in improving agricultural productivity. Although we now produce more than enough food to feed everyone, our food systems are out of balance. Hunger, obesity, environmental degradation, loss of agro-biological diversity, food loss and waste and a lack of security for food chain workers are only some of the issues that underline this imbalance." - FAO

This year the theme is in close connection to the ongoing pandemic, Covid-19. The pandemic has increased the difficulties to reach Zero Hunger and way to many children, women and men suffer from hunger and malnutrition today. Nutritious and safe food are essential parts for global health and therefore, FAO wants to recognise the world's food heroes. The farmers and workers throughout the food systems. 

"Countries, the private sector and civil society need to make sure that our food systems grow a variety of food to nourish a growing population and sustain the planet, together." - FAO

Read more at FAO's website

Here are some examples of SLU’s partnerships linked to SDG 2:

AgriFoSe2030 - linking science to policy and practice

AgriFoSe (Agriculture for Food Security) targets SDG2 in low-income countries by contributing to sustainable intensification of agriculture for increased food production on existing agricultural land. The aim is to do so by transforming practices toward more efficient use of human, financial and natural resources.

SLU Youth Institute

The SLU Youth Institute (SLU YI) aims to create interest among Swedish youth for global food security and to find sustainable solutions to the global challenges based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The SLU Youth Institute is a Swedish part of the many Youth Institutes coordinated by the World Food Prize Foundation.

Browse scientific publications by SDG

SLU researchers publish scholarly works related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). Click on the goal icon no 2 Zero hunger to see a publication list and visualisations for SLU research output for the goal.

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