FAO: Giornata mondiale dell’alimentazione e Forum mondiale dell’alimentazione


16 October 10:00 AM CEST – World Food Day 2023 global ceremony 16-20 October – Third edition of the World Food Forum (WFF) flagship event which comprises the WFF Global Youth Forum, the FAO Science and Innovation Forum and the FAO Hand-in-Hand Investment Forum.

• World Food Day

The theme of World Food Day 2023 is “Water is life, water is food. Leave no one behind’’. Rapid population growth, urbanization, economic development, and climate change are putting the planet’s water resources under increasing stress. Freshwater resources per person have declined by 20% in the past decades and water availability and quality are deteriorating fast due to decades of poor use and management, over-extraction of groundwater, pollution and climate change.

The global ceremony will take place at FAO Headquarters, 10:00 CEST on 16 October 2023. It will have the participation of QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General; Sergio Matarella, President of the Italian Republic; Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland; Mariam Bint Mohammed, Minister for Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates; Alvaro Lario, President of IFAD; and Cindy McCain, Executive Director of the World Food Programme. It will also have special messages from Pope Francis and UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

The FAO achievement award will be also presented on the Day, and there will be an Intergenerational Dialogue and a dedicated exhibit.

To watch the event online you can register here

• World Food Forum

The World Food Forum (WFF) flagship event will take place at FAO headquarters in Rome on 16-20 October.

The WFF’s flagship event comprises the WFF Global Youth Forum, the FAO Science and Innovation Forum and the FAO Hand-in-Hand Investment Forum, supporting the need for an intergenerational dialogue among leaders and agrifood stakeholders.

The three fora consider ongoing challenges and crises, highlighting the importance of collaboration between the current and next generation to increase ingenuity in science, technology and innovation – and investments in key areas of food and agriculture.

The WFF Global Youth Forum – a youth-led movement and network to transform our agrifood systems – is committed to the theme: “Agrifood systems transformation accelerates climate action’’.

The FAO Science and Innovation Forum will focus on enhancing the accessibility of the most appropriate climate technologies, innovative practices and local knowledge in agrifood systems for climate change adaptation, resilience and mitigation.

At the FAO Hand-in-Hand Investment Forum Ministers and representatives from the participating countries will have the opportunity to present their country prioritized investment plans and detail opportunities in those areas where the Hand-in-Hand Initiative supports the Government to reduce poverty and hunger.

For more information or to arrange an interview with an FAO expert, please contact [email protected]