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“World Food Day” Month 2016: Sharing the Happiness of Food Among Everybody!

© Hunger Free World

© Hunger Free World

October 16th each year is “World Food Day” a date set aside in 1981 by the United Nations so as to give people the opportunity to think about food issues. Furthermore, in response to calls from international institutions, non-government organizations and non-profit groups, here in Japan from October 1st to 31st each year has been designated as “World Food Day” Month, during which a range of information is published and a wide variety of different events are held.


Visitors to the special “World Food Day” Month website can find simple explanations of the various food issues currently occuring worldwide, such information will also allow them to think about how what they eat during their daily lives ties into the global food situation. Furthermore, on the special website, visitors can also find information on the events being held nationwide in Japan in association with “World Food Day” Month.

© Hunger Free World

© Hunger Free World


Currently worldwide, despite enough food being produced to feed everybody on the planet, some 795 million people still don’t get enough to eat. What is more, here in Japan some 6.32 million tons of still edible food is discarded annually, a figure far in excess of the 4.74 million tons that is given as food aid around the globe. While on one hand Japan imports great volumes of food, on the other it also wastes a huge amount. Moreover, half of what is discarded despite still being edible comes from average households. What do we need to do so as to “share the happiness of food among everybody”? What about us all giving some serious thought to the issue during “World Food Day” Month?


*Please refer to the following website for more details.
■ “World Food Day” Month 2016: Sharing the Happiness of Food Among Everybody!
http://www.worldfoodday-japan.net/english.php