Food waste is currently generating eight percent of greenhouse gas emissions [File: James Leynse/Corbis/Getty]

From fairs promoting healthy diets to lectures teaching students how to reduce food waste, a wide range of public events is planned for Wednesday in some 150 countries to raise awareness about tackling world hunger and highlight the challenges facing the global food supply.

The initiatives are part of World Food Day, which is marked annually on October 16, the day the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a United Nations agency, was founded in 1945.


While on a downward trend between 2005 and 2015, world hunger has slowly but steadily increased in recent years. In 2018, approximately 820 million people worldwide were undernourished – up from 785 million people four years ago.

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