World Food Day; Food Heroes in COVID-19 Pandemic



Laila Afifa

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  • Vegetable seller at Traditional Market in Kendari,  South East Sulawesi  @FAO Indonesia Harriansyah

    Vegetable seller at Traditional Market in Kendari, South East Sulawesi @FAO Indonesia Harriansyah

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The COVID-19 Pandemic has exposed the fragility of the agri-food systems which threatens to push millions more into hunger. Possibly, as many as 132 million people may go hungry in 2020 as a result of the economic recession triggered by the pandemic, as stated by the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) in its press release received by Tempo, October 16.

    Even before the pandemic, FAO went on, more than 2 billion people did not have regular access to enough safe, nutritious food. Nearly 700 million people go to bed hungry. Although the world now produces more than enough food to feed everyone, the agri-food systems are out of balance. Hunger and at the opposite end obesity, environmental degradation, food loss and waste and a lack of security for food chain workers are only some of the issues that underline this imbalance.

    Maize Farmer in Camplong Village, NTT. FAO

    Therefore, this year’s World Food Day is special. With the theme “Grow, nourish, sustain. Together. Our actions are our future”, World Food Day 2020 calls for more resilient and robust agri-food systems, and for global solidarity - both vital for our recovery from this crisis, and for building back better.

    “More than ever, we need innovative solutions and strong partnerships. Everyone has a role to play in ensuring nutritious food is available for all – from governments, private businesses to individuals”, said Victor Mol, FAO Representative in Indonesia.

    This World Food Day also provides an opportunity to thank Food Heroes – farmers and workers throughout the food supply chain – who in any circumstances, continue to provide food to their communities and beyond. Our Food Heroes continue to work and adjust to the new changing environment showing their inherent resilience and importance to keep our food value chains alive.

    FAO Indonesia held a series of virtual events called “Food Heroes Festival” in October to celebrate World Food Day.