On 16 October 2018, South Africa will be commemorating World Food Day (WFD) as the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) hosts a special event.

The commemoration event is usually hosted in the poorest community of a specific, chosen province and all attempts are made to attract as many people as possible to the event. The purpose of the event is to share awareness of food security, food poverty and hunger with people at grassroots level, using a bigger platform. The strategy of this event has enabled DAFF to make other stakeholders in the food production and retail sector aware of food-insecure communities.

Objectives of the World Food Day:

  • To heighten public awareness on the recently developed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the way in which they would address issues of poverty, hunger and malnutrition in the world and in the country. The aim is to further raise awareness of the different food types that constitute a balanced diet.
  • To share with the public in general and the agricultural sector in particular on issues of climate change and its effects on agriculture, climate smart agriculture, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
  • To engage all stakeholders in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors in the discussion on the impacts of migration on agriculture, food supply, water supply, smallholder and subsistence farmers and food security in general.
  • To enhance the participation of rural people, particularly women and the underprivileged in decisions and events impacting their living conditions.
  • Encourage diversified agricultural production to improve food nutrition and safety nets.
  • Stimulate agricultural production and trade in the marginalised and poorer areas within the provinces through cooperation and collaborations with other relevant stakeholders

Theme for the 2018 WFD

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has chosen the following theme for the 2018 World Food Day: Our actions are our future. A Zero Hunger World by 2030 is possible. The 2018 WFD theme calls for nations, continents, professions and sectors to join forces and take account of best practices and lessons learned. – Press release