World Food Day in Ireland


In 2014 a national campaign is being organised across Ireland to raise awareness of global food issues, led by Concern, the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, Gorta-Self Help Africa, and Agri Aware. Please find educational resources including posters and booklets by following the link below.

On World Food Day, 16th October, a conference will be held in the Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin. A similar conference has been held in Ireland since the inception of World Food Day in 1981. Gorta-Self Help Africa will play host this conference, having worked in partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) since 1965.


What is world Food Day?


World Food Day (WFD) is celebrated on 16th October each year to bring attention to the issues that cause hunger and poverty across the globe.

The October date chosen is the anniversary of the foundation of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), who were instrumental in formally establishing WFD in 1981.

Each year since then events have been held around the world to mark the occasion. 150 countries mark the day annually with conferences, symposia, exhibitions and an array of awareness raising events.

World Food Day seeks to heighten public awareness to issues surrounding access to food and draw attention to the success and failures of ongoing campaigns. It acts as a focal point for advocacy and allows organisations to strengthen bonds of national and international solidarity in the fight to end hunger, malnutrition and poverty.