"More than ever, we need innovative solutions and strong partnerships. Everyone has a role to play in ensuring nutritious food is available for all – from governments, private businesses to individuals", said Victor Mol, FAO Representative a.i. in Indonesia in a press release on Friday.
This year’s World Food Day comes as FAO turns 75. FAO was founded on October 16, 1945 to further agricultural knowledge and nutritional wellbeing. FAO’s foundation was given impetus by the devastation of WW2, which, among many millions of victims, saw many die from starvation.
"FAO was born in the wake of catastrophe. Covid-19 has made it abundantly clear FAO mission is as relevant as when FAO founders created the Organization in 1945. The covid-19 pandemic reminded everyone that food security and nutritious diets matter to all," stressed Victor.
According to him, this year's World Food Day also provides an opportunity to thank Food Heroes – farmers and workers throughout the food supply chain – who in any circumstances, continue to provide food to their communities and beyond.
These Food Heroes continue to work and adjust to the new changing environment showing their inherent resilience and importance to keep our food value chains alive.
FAO Indonesia held series of virtual events called "Food Heroes Festival" in October to celebrate World Food Day.