World Food Day

October 16 is World Food Day. The day highlights problems around the world of hunger, malnutrition, inefficient food systems, lack of sustainability, and the rise of obesity.

  • more than 2 billion people do not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food,
  • about 135 million people across 55 countries experience acute hunger requiring urgent food and nutrition,
  • approximately 14% of the food produced for to eat globally each year is lost before it reaches the market,
  • poor diets and inactive lifestyles have led to very high obesity rates, and not only in developed countries.

World Food Day also marks the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1945.

2020 is FAO’s 75th Anniversary. This is an exceptional year as countries everywhere deal with the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The FAO believes that we all have a role to play to help achieve a world without hunger and malnutrition. We must maintain our sustainable habits even in times of crisis. We should make healthy food choices. We should do our part to reduce waste. Together, we can grow, nourish, and sustain our world.


  • acute – agudo
  • billion – mil millones
  • founding – la fundación
  • to highlight – destacar
  • lifestyle – el estilo de vida


Many words in English and Spanish are the same or very similar. These are called cognates (cognados).

  • agriculture – la agricultura
  • globally – globalmente
  • inactive – inactivo
  • nutritious – nutritivo
  • nutrition – la nutrición
  • malnutrition – la desnutrición
  • obesity – la obesidad
  • pandemic – la pandemia
  • sustain – sostener
  • sustainable – sostenible
  • sustainability – la sostenibilidad