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World Food Day

World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated on the 16 October annually as a key international day of awareness and action dedicated to tackling food hunger.

"Our actions are our future- Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life" is the theme for World Food Day 2021.

The world has set a challenge to achieve Zero Hunger and better nutrition by 2030. But governments can’t do it alone - everyone has a role to play.

Activities by FAO for World Food Day

The series of FAO Activity Books has been developed as an educational tool for students, educators, and anyone who wishes to learn more about important global issues that have an impact on our future and that of our planet. They are a way to learn more about FAO’s work and important topics.

Zero Hunger

Come on the zero hunger journey with this activity book on working for zero hunger.

Climate is Changing

Explore the reasons why people are migrating with this activity book.

Future of Migration

Look at key issues related to climate change and agriculture in our world using this activity book.

Concern Worldwide Activities

The Zero Hunger educational resource goes along side Concerns' Hunger Heroes resource which focuses on food waste. This resource could be used as a standalone, or with students who have completed Hunger Heroes and are looking to go further on their sustainability adventure!

For more resources like this, visit Concern Worldwide's website.



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Self Help Africa Activities


Self Help Africa has been working in post-primary schools in Ireland for more than a decade. They conduct workshops and school presentations, support teachers with resources and information, and assist teenagers to become socially aware and engaged global citizens. The Development Education workshops are ideally suited to Transition Year students, but they can also be presented to other year groups, across subjects as diverse as Geography, CSPE, Religion or Sciences. The workshops are on a range of topics, including: Food Security, Ethical Trade, Gender Equality and Climate Change.

To find out more about the programme or how to get involved, contact

Food from Africa's Farms

I AM Exhibition

Foods from Africa Exhibition

Explore More Self Help Africa Resources >>>

Lessons Inspired by

Each lesson was inspired by articles/resources on the website. The sample lesson activities are structured and designed within PowerPoint. Take action on the 16th October by using these ready-made lesson activities with your class. For more teaching ideas, read Toni Pyke's article Read, watch, act – teaching ideas on World Food Day

Geography Lesson

Geography teacher, Tara Fitzharris, created this presentation on the topic of hunger. (LO 3.8)

Home Economics Lesson

Home Economics teacher, Danielle Conaty, created this presentation on food sustainability. (LO. 1.16)

CSPE Lesson

Geography and CSPE teacher, Tara Fitzharris, created this presentation on Sustainable Development Goals. (LO. 2.1)

Science Lesson

Science teacher, Aoife McDonnell, created this presentation on global food production. (LO 5.10)

Science Lesson

Science teacher, Aoife McDonnell, created this lesson around the life cycle of food and its packaging. (LO 3.10 with cross curricular possibilities)


821 million people in the world still suffer from hunger even though the world produces enough food to feed everyone. One third of all food produced worldwide is lost or wasted. By 2050, agriculture will need to produce almost 50 percent more food, feed and biofuel than it did in 2012 to meet demand. (Source: FAO website) 

Have a look at the data in more detail by visiting the below websites...

Global Hunger Index

FAO Report 2020

Ecological Footprint

The People You Are Helping

By supporting World Food Day, you are shedding light on the global goal for zero hunger. You are also raising awareness about the 815 million people suffering from hunger worldwide.
Here are some videos that highlight the impact this day can have on people around the world...

10 Myths About... Global Hunger

Every day too many women and men across the globe struggle to feed their children a nutritious meal. In a world where we produce enough food to feed everyone, 821 million people – one in nine – still go to bed on an empty stomach each night. Even more – one in three – suffer from some form of malnutrition. Take a look at the quizzes below and explore 10 popular myths about world hunger, food production and nutrition.

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