Today we’re observing World Food Day, which is a day of action against world hunger, and commemorates the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 71 years ago. Every year, individuals and organisations from all over the world come together to campaign and host events in order to raise awareness for the catastrophic effects hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity are having on the poorest and most vulnerable people and populations.

The focus of this year’s World Food Day is Climate Change, with the theme being “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too".2016 has been a year for action on Climate Change. At the UN’s Sustainable Development Summit last September in Paris, 193 countries pledged to end world hunger by 2030 as part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals agenda. This is an ambitious goal and one that cannot be reached without addressing climate change, as rising temperatures and increasingly erratic weather-related disasters disproportionately affect rural, poor and lesser-developed regions causing mass food insecurity. In addition to our changing climate, a rapidly growing global population that is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050 is increasing the pressure on ecosystems and local and global food supply chains. Agriculture and food systems must adapt and become more sustainable and resilient in order to be able to cope with these increasingly adverse conditions.

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aking action on climate change often feels like a task for officials and governments – something we ourselves do not have much control over, when in reality, everyone can help mitigate the effects of climate change. We can make small changes to our daily routines that will reduce our own environmental footprint, such as reducing food waste, saving energy, and becoming more ethical and conscious consumers.

Future generations will feel the effects of climate change to an even greater degree than we already do, so it is important to talk to children about climate change and what action steps we can take against it.

The FAO’s World Food Day 2016 Activity Book is a tool designed to help us do exactly that. Illustrations explore important messages related to the World Food Day theme. Children are invited to join their favourite fairytale characters in finding solutions to climate change and hunger. Each solution can become a reality if we all do our part, and the book provides tips on where to start.

You can order the book here. To join the discussion online, follow @FAOWFD or use #WFD2016.