World Food Day 2020 – Statement of the Spokesperson (16 October 2020)


On this World Food Day, France reiterates that 690 million people are currently suffering from hunger around the world, an increase of almost 60 million people in five years. The Covid-19 pandemic, which weakens populations and already vulnerable food systems, could push more than 130 million additional people into chronic hunger by the end of 2020.

France lends its full support to the efforts being undertaken, notably within the framework of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP), to promote sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition. It allocates almost €565 million per year and, given the deteriorating situation, has decided to increase its funding by 30% in 2020 in order to combat food crises.

France welcomes the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the WFP, reflecting the key role played by this organization in the fight against hunger. The WFP provided assistance to 97 million people in 85 countries in 2019. The organization plays an irreplaceable role in helping vulnerable populations and is the main vehicle for French food assistance.

On this October 16, France also wishes to salute the 75th anniversary of the FAO, with which it will continue its cooperation in order to respond to the challenges of hunger, malnutrition and food sustainability.