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Thursday, 16 October marks annual World Food Day, a UN-sponsored event aimed at highlighting the issues of food security and global hunger.

Vegetable gardens are a source of nutritious food
Vegetable gardens are a source of nutritious food

THIS year's World Food Day, themed "Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth", focuses the world's attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.

Today also marks South Africa's 20th World Food Day since the establishment of its democracy. According to a statement released by the government, World Food Day provides an occasion to highlight the plight of many South Africans who go hungry every day and to focus on the daily food wastage in the country.

A food garden at home is a cost-effective source of healthy produce - and a great way to exercise. Joburg City Parks and Zoo believes food gardens are important because they offer a source of healthy food, particularly for those most in need.

You can contribute towards World Food Day by planting vegetables using Joburg City Parks and Zoo's guide to starting your home food garden.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Food Day seeks to draw attention to agricultural food production, encourage economic and technical cooperation among developing countries, heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world, and strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.