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World Food Day is observed every year on October 16 th . It commemorates the establishment of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945. This event serves as a poignant reminder that despite the progress made in various sectors, food insecurity and malnourishment continue to plague a substantial portion of the world’s population. Moreover, these challenges are projected to intensify, driven by factors such as climate change, inflation, geopolitical conflicts, and more.
The theme for this year’s World Food Day is “Leave NO ONE Behind”, focusing on the importance of ensuring access to nutritious food for all, especially considering the growing global challenges. The implications are particularly dire for the 80% of people classified as ‘extreme poor’ residing in rural areas, who also suffer the brunt of both human-made and natural disasters. Sadly, this group is disproportionately affected by issues linked to gender and ethnic origin.
Currently, nearly one in 10 people worldwide suffers from undernourishment, according to the United Nations. Shockingly, approximately one in five children under the age of five experienced stunted growth in 2020, largely due to insufficient nutrition.
Women entrepreneurs emerging as a dynamic force
Amidst these challenges, women entrepreneurs are emerging as a dynamic force in the food industry, contributing to innovative solutions. The entrepreneurship landscape is taking note of the evolving global food culture. Investments exceeding $1 billion flowed into food industry startups in 2016, according to Forbes. Consumers are demonstrating a growing interest in health-conscious, local, organic, minimally processed foods, as well as companies with strong social and environmental missions. Additionally, unique specialty items are finding their place in the market.
Entrepreneurs in the food industry are pioneering novel ways to cater to these evolving tastes and concerns. Their culinary skills, coupled with creative presentation techniques, are indeed, transforming the food industry, offering customers a ‘delightful’ experience.
Becoming a food entrepreneur encompasses diverse career paths. One can venture into restaurant ownership, establish a food truck business, or even explore the entrepreneurial aspects of farming. Small-scale farmers, in particular, are recognizing the need for innovation in farming practices to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future.
So, World Food Day serves as an opportune moment to celebrate the valuable contributions of women entrepreneurs in the food industry. As they respond to global food challenges with innovation and determination, they not only empower themselves but also contribute to the larger goal of a more sustainable and food-secure world!!