The benefits of modern agriculture range from the conservation of precious resources to reducing environmental waste and protecting native plants from invasive species. One of the most apparent benefits of modern agriculture, though, is the sustainable production of healthy food. This is particularly relevant during the month of October, when the global community celebrates World Food Day.
World Food Day (WFD) is celebrated every year on October 16. Founded in 1981 by the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, some of the objectives of WFD include:
- Increasing public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world;
- Encouraging economic and technical cooperation among developing nations;
- Encouraging the participation of rural people, particularly women and the least privileged categories, in decisions and activities influencing their living conditions; and
- Encouraging agricultural food production efforts.
The theme of this year’s WFD, “Agriculture Cooperatives: Key to Feeding the World,” highlights the work of cooperatives in reducing hunger and poverty. Agricultural cooperatives provide farmers around the world access to natural resources, information, technologies and training. For more information about WFD and to find events in your area, click here.
Another event coinciding with WFD is the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue, an international meeting that brings together individuals committed to improving the quality, quantity and availability of food in the world. The World Food Prize was founded by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, regarded as one of the foremost advocates of agricultural research and technology and recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. The theme of this year’s Borlaug Dialogue is “Partnerships & Priorities: Transforming the Global Food Security Agenda.” More information on the World Food Prize is available by clicking here.
Additional events that focus on reducing hunger and other aspects of modern agriculture, particularly as they affect the U.S., will be taking place throughout the country on October 24.
Food production has grown enormously since the first World Food Day in 1981. Thanks especially to crop protection products and modern agricultural practices, today’s farmers are growing more food on less available land. CropLife America members have a direct role in the efforts to eradicate world hunger. Even with these advances, food insecurity remains a dire problem. With more than 860 million people going hungry (approximately 50 million in the United States alone) and the population growing all the time, innovative solutions in agriculture have never been more critical.