World Food Day, first held on October 16th, 1981, marks the founding of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Every year, millions of people worldwide celebrate World Food Day to renew the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. This World Food Day 2015, we face the accelerating threat of climate change.
Food, Farming and Climate Change: It’s Bigger than Everything Else. Climate change is the greatest challenge of our generation. When we think of climate change and global warming, visions of coal-fired power plants and solar panels come to mind. Policy discussions and personal action usually revolve around hybrid cars, energy-efficient homes and debates about the latest technological solutions. However, the global agriculture system is at the heart of both the problem and the solution.
The coming months, including the December Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to influence public policy, market actions and media messaging. World Food Day 2015 is our moment to firmly place the agroecological small farmer solution at the forefront and grow a movement together.