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Happy Birthday Food!

World Vision
16 October 2015 by Admir Bajrami
Happy Birthday Food!

Artwork by Admir Bajrami.

Dear Food,

Happy birthday! We are throwing you a party.

After World War II, the International Community matured enough to start thinking about more important things than fighting wars.

Important things – such as food for example.

So on the 16th of October 1945, the United Nations created a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

This may sound as interesting as the number of sheep per capita in Australia, but it’s important as this was when you got your birth certificate.

So today is 16th October – World Food Day. Happy Birthday Food!

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So why is Food’s Birthday so important?

Right now some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. Think of it this way – if Australia represented the entire world, every 9th person would be hungry.

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Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year. 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.

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Unfortunately, not everyone could make it to the Food Birthday Party.

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But there are things you can do to celebrate Food’s Birthday – and every other day of the year.

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You rock!

*Image depicting UN does not represent the actual founding of FAO. All the quotes are obtained from external source and are related to 2015 data.

 Prior to alteration, the original images were sourced on 15 Oct 2015 from:,_Victoria
Admir Bajrami Admir Bajrami

Admir is the Middle East country program manager in Humanitarian Emergency Affairs for World Vision Australia.


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