Six illustrators and artists, representing six different regions of the world, are sharing their vision of Zero Hunger to spread key messages of the FAO’s mandate.

These beautiful illustrations were unveiled during World Food Week 2018 (15th October) in an effort to raise awareness and help the FAO achieve their overarching goal of ‘Working for Zero Hunger’. Each artist has taken an important message and translated it into a colourful and striking illustration to decorate t-shirts, mugs, notebooks and canvas tote bags. Representing a different continent as well as a cross-cultural view of the world, each illustrator creates his or her work in spaces that defy simple definitions of place or identity, while still remaining deeply rooted in culture of origin. The artists have a strong and personal commitment to better our world.

About the Artists:

The right to food is a human right.

Diana Ejaita, of Nigerian parentage, was chosen to represent Africa. She is a designer and artist whose work draws on the centuries-old Nsibidi system of symbols and ideograms, indigenous to Southeast Nigeria. As a child of migration, she is driven by the issues of colonial and post-colonial effects, discrimination and identity.    

Save food.

Nik Neves, who represents Latin America, was born in Brazil. He is an illustrator, publisher and comic artist who has worked for National Geographic, Rolling Stone and more. His fresh, colourful and engaging drawings, which range from food to mind maps to machines, reflect an incessant curiosity about the world that we live in and how we relate to it.

Small farmers feed the world.

Ying Hui Tan, born in Malaysia, represents Asia. A children’s picture book illustrator, she is deeply inspired by nature and animal-related themes and her work is infused with colour and light, reflecting the themes of love and kindness that she seeks to share. She combines traditional painting with digital techniques. 

Migration should be a choice, not a necessity.

Zoulikha Bouabdellah, who grew up in Algiers, represents the Middle East and North Africa. She creates installations, videos and drawings that deconstruct dominant representations to reflect upon culture, geopolitics, industrialization and the status of women. She has been awarded the Abraaj Capital and Prix Meurice prizes for her work.

Our climate is changing – your choices matter.

Fernando Del Hambre, representing Europe, is a Spanish illustrator, art director, animator and independent publisher, whose quirky and colourful artwork situates him on the threshold between the familiar and the alien, the artificial and the natural. His illustrations have already featured in work for FAO and UNESCO. 

Be the Zero Hunger Generation.

Gary Taxali, representing North America, is of Indian-Canadian origins. He makes mixed-media works and paintings with a retro aesthetic, narrating his “preoccupation of constant paradoxes such as human relationships, love, isolation […] economic despair and frustration.” In 2012, Canada minted quarters featuring six of his designs.

To view the six sets of FAO products available for purchase, download the catalogue here. Products can be purchased by sending an email to FAO-shop@fao.org

FAO publications on Zero Hunger available on the bookstore now:

Towards Zero Hunger – 1945-2030

Family Farming: Meeting the Zero Hunger Challenge

Implementing 2030 Agenda for Food and Agriculture

Available to pre-order:

Future Smart Food


The right to food is a human right ©FAO/Diana Ejaita  


Save food ©FAO/Nik Neves

 

Small farmers feed the world ©FAO/Ying Hui Tan

Migration should be a choice, not a necessity ©FAO/Zoulikha Bouabdellah

Our climate is changing – your choices matter ©FAO/Fernando Del Hambre

Be the Zero Hunger Generation  ©Gary Taxali