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Article: “KNOT a DAY” World Food Day ~A month to think about food issues~

“KNOT a DAY” World Food Day ~A month to think about food issues~

“Knot a DAY” has featured sustainable themes related to the seasons. And this October, we are particularly busy with sustainable initiatives.

The most symbolic one is ``World Food Day'' on October 16th. This is the day designated by the United Nations as "World Food Day." In Japan, the entire month of October, including this day, is designated as "World Food Day Month" and various events and information are being disseminated.

Therefore, this time we would like to introduce the details of "World Food Day Month" and the initiatives that will be carried out in 2021.

【table of contents】

・What is “World Food Day Month”?
・2021 “World Food Day Month”
・Introducing initiatives that you can participate in right now!

What is “World Food Day Month”?

food day month

In Japan, World Food Day Month began in 2008. This is a period where NGOs/NPOs and United Nations organizations take the lead in disseminating flyers and websites about hunger and food issues, and holding events that are easy to participate in.

 The aim of World Food Day Month is to "create an opportunity for people who want to do something to take the first step." Currently, enough food is produced for approximately 7 billion people around the world, but more than one in ten of them, or 811 million people, do not have enough to eat. In order to change this current situation, we need to solve problems such as food loss, and we need the cooperation of people all over the world.

 The goal of "zero hunger" is included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. World Food Day Month is an opportunity for everyone to take action to achieve this goal.


*For more information on food loss, please see this article.

World Food Day Month 2021

2021 Food Day Month



The theme for 2021 is "We create the future - Better food production and improved nutrition lead to a better life and environment." The effects of the global pandemic that began in 2020 have led to the collapse of agricultural systems and a global economic recession, leading to increased food insecurity and inequality. We will focus on improving the agricultural and food systems that are being implemented to overcome these difficult circumstances.

An online event will be held on October 15th that will include lectures from companies and organizations that are actually working on improving agricultural and food systems, so if you are interested, please come and join us.



Date and time: October 15, 2021 16:30 – 18:30 (Japan time)
Location: Online (Zoom)
Language: Japanese/English (simultaneous interpretation available)
Sponsor: FAO Liaison Office in Japan / Co-sponsor: IFAD, WFP Japan Office




Introducing initiatives you can participate in right now!

First of all, for those who just want to take action. We would like to introduce initiatives and campaigns planned for 2021 that anyone can easily participate in!

■“Onigiri Action 2021” (a campaign where SNS posts lead to donations)

Onigiri action



If you post a photo related to rice balls on SNS or a special website with the tag #OnigiriAction, five school meals will be delivered to children in Africa and Asia through donations from supporting companies. It has been held every year since 2015, and in the six years up to 2020, a total of about 1 million rice ball photos were collected and 5.4 million school lunches were delivered. The campaign has already started this year, and as of October 7, 2021, 15,830 photos have already been posted!

Event period: October 5th (Tuesday) to November 5th (Friday), 2021
Sponsored by: TABLE FOR TWO International, a non-profit organization
Special site:


■“Kit Oisix” (Women’s monthly magazine “VERY” x “Oisix” collaboration salad)

Oisix salad



Oisix is ​​an e-commerce food delivery service that handles organic vegetables and fresh foods that do not use synthetic preservatives or coloring agents. In collaboration with the women's monthly magazine VERY, we developed and sold a sustainable salad kit. The contents are reprocessed plums that were mostly discarded after being used to make plum wine and used as salad ingredients. For those using Oisix for the first time, a "trial set" that can be purchased without becoming a member will also be on sale! If you've been interested in Oisix for a while, now is your chance!


Sales date and time: October 7, 2021 (Thursday) 10:00 to November 4, 2021 (Thursday) 9:59

Product name: Kit Oisix “Persimmon and beet salad with yogurt sauce”




Among the many issues raised in the SDGs, the food issue is one in particular that can be changed in our daily lives. Food loss can be improved by reducing waste in daily shopping and cooking, and easy donation activities such as the "Onigiri Event" can help people around the world who are suffering from hunger.

If you want to start something but don't know where to start, please use this October as an opportunity to gather information and take action.