For most of us food is something that comes pre-packaged in containers with handy tips on nutrition and weight management. We are the lucky ones; in 2018, statistics show that 820 million people are suffering from chronic undernourishment from a lack of food. This is the reality of our time and something the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations aims to change.
Established in 1945, the FAO is committed to creating a world where zero hunger is possible. In celebration of the founding of the organisation, World Food Day is celebrated around the globe on the 16th of October each year. Since 1981, World Food Day has adopted a theme to create a common purpose and highlight specific areas of action.
Our Actions are Our Future
This year, the theme for 2018 is “Our Actions Are Our Future”. Not only is this a powerful statement, but also a wakeup-call for individuals, companies, farmers and governments. After a downward trend, it seems global hunger and malnourishment is on the rise again. Since almost 70 per cent of the world’s poor live in rural areas, the main focus of the FAO is transforming the rural economy. Farmers and governments must do their part to create sustainable and eco-friendly practises that can increase employment opportunities and food supplies for the community.
Creating a world with zero hunger will have hugely beneficial actions. A sustainable food source for rural communities means that mothers have healthier babies with better immune systems. Improved nutrition leads to a 46% rise in lifetime earnings, as well as a 20% boost in workplace productivity. Overall, zero hunger means a more prosperous world for everyone.
Tackling Obesity and Malnutrition
World Food Day is more than just about focusing on world hunger. It is about the celebration of food, focusing on nutrition and preventing obesity. It is estimated that while a large portion of the planet is suffering from a lack of food, over 672 million people are obese, and a further 1.3 billion are overweight. The focus of World Food day is to highlight the importance of a balanced diet, eating nutritional foods and only consuming the number of calories needed each day.
Celebrated in over 150 countries around the globe, World Food Day events celebrate the cultural diversity of food, a healthier way of life and a sustainable future. While the issues of world hunger are priority, creating sustainable economies, environmentally friendly food production and a healthier population is key. In celebration of food and its role in our lives, we have included some delicious recipes below that you can whip up to enjoy while playing online casino games, or reading a book:
Mediterranean Veg Gnocchi Recipe
You will need:
- 400g gnocchi
- 200g chargrilled vegetables chopped (recommend aubergines, sundried tomatoes and mixed peppers)
- 2 tbsp red pesto
- A few bay leaves
- Garnish to serve
In a large pan boil water with a bit of salt. Add the gnocchi and cook for 2 min until they float to the top. Drain and put into a bowl. Add the chargrilled veggies of your choice, garnish with cheese or vegan substitute and serve.
Mustard-Stuffed Chicken Recipe
You will need:
- 125g mozzarella (tear into small pieces)
- 50g strong cheddar, grated
- 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
- 4 boneless chicken breast fillets (skinless)
- 8 streaky bacon rashers or beef equivalent
Start by heating the oven to 200C for fan over or 180C for gas. In a bowl, mix the cheese and mustard together. Slice open a small section of the chicken breast and stuff with the cheese/mustard mixture. Wrap each individual chicken breast with at least 2 bacon rashers or beef equivalent. Wrap it tightly enough to hold the together, but not too tight. Season with salt and place on a baking sheet. Roast the chicken for 20 to 25 min until crisp.